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Grasslands, Shrublands, Deserts

Drylands of the World: EURASIA

     Portions of Europe were grassland until fairly recently.  In the late 19th century and post-World War II period, many Western European regions that had been used for livestock came into agricultural cultivation to revive their national economy (Goriup 1988).  In France, 99 percent of the dry grassland of Champagne was turned into intensive crop-growing fields after World War II, causing many bird species to disappear.  This pattern has been repeated in many parts of the world where human populations are rising.

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