Overgrazed hillside, South Africa

Overgrazed hillside, South Africa

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Credit: PETER CHADWICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Overgrazed hillside. Stripping the land of vegetation removes the consolidating effect imparted to the top-soil by the plants' root systems and hence predisposes it to soil erosion. Photographed at De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa.

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