Академическое издательство «Гео»

Keywords: pasture digression, arid sparse forest, juniper, riparian forests.



GEOGRAPHY AND NATURAL RESOURCES, 2012, № 1, p. 146-150

Degradation of vegetation cover as exemplified by the arid foothill areas of the Greater Caucasus within Azerbaijan

E.N. Tagieva

tagelena@rambler.ru

Field observations were used in compiling the map for contemporary vegetation of the Adjinour-Dzheiranchel’skie foothill areas having regard to the altered floristic composition of steppe and semidesert plant communities. The study revealed a decrease in the area occupied by juniper sparse forests and riparian forests. It is found that a severe anthropogenic influence in this area leads to desertification and degradation of landscapes.

Keywords: pasture digression, arid sparse forest, juniper, riparian forests.
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