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Letter to the editor - Reducing soil salinity

Whittington, H.S. (1980) Letter to the editor - Reducing soil salinity. The West Australian, 12 November 1980. [Publication] [Special Collections]


Letter to the editor by Harry Whittington, 'Springhill', Brookton, Western Australia.

Response to a previous article "Anti-salt drainage system faulted" published 31 October 1980, detailing Professor J.W. Holmes' report to the Public Works Department on the Batalling Creek trial. Mr Whittington notes that the calculations began with a number of equations established over a period of time to calculate various movements of water in the soil. These can only be estimates when applied to soils where the soil structures have not changed. The complex changes which occur in the soil and cause a problem, interrupt the water channels and cause a complete change in the whole system. In Professor Holmes' report, he completely ignores these changes as well as the data collected by the Works Department at the Batalling Creek trial, and assumed that the salt water was coming up under pressure when in fact it was finding its own level in the soil.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1980 The West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57168
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