This paper analyes the changing characteristics of species diversity during the process of desertification in Kerqin, Inner Mongolia. The species diversity indices show that desertification is a process of biodiversity loss. In particular, specialized species are wiped out first, rare species vanish second, and then common species begin to disappear. Change in life-form composition indicates that perennial herbaceous and scrubby plants are severely affected by desertification, whereas annuals and semi-shrub species occur at all stages of desertification.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics