Farming the Desert - The Science Behind Desertification

The Nature Conservancy

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In this lesson, students explore factors that contribute to desertification. Students learn about a farmer from Burkina Faso who halted desertification on his farmlands by implementing innovative farming techniques. Students conduct an in-depth analysis of rainfall data and NASA satellite images to understand how and why desertification happens. Finally, students create a survey to examine microclimates on their school grounds. This lesson is part of curriculum related to the PBS series Earth A New Wild and was developed in collaboration with PBS LearningMedia.

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Keywords: desertification, Burkina Faso, microclimate, Africa, Sahel, drought, EARTH A New Wild



February 2017