Articles | Volume 7, issue 3
Solid Earth, 7, 741–750, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-7-741-2016
Solid Earth, 7, 741–750, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-7-741-2016

Research article 09 May 2016

Research article | 09 May 2016

Discussing the genesis of karst rocky desertification research based on the correlations between cropland and settlements in typical peak-cluster depressions

Yang Bing Li et al.

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In karst mountainous areas in Southwest China, sloping land is overly reclaimed. Why are farmers doing this? Through typical case studies of peak-cluster depression areas, we found that low land carrying capacity and high population pressure where farmers carry out extreme steep reclamation activities are the main reasons for desert-like landscapes; this is a kind of land degradation which occurs in vulnerable karst dryland socioecological systems.