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Letter to the editor - Holmes report figures wrong

Whittington, H.S. (1979) Letter to the editor - Holmes report figures wrong. The Countryman, 15 November 1979. [Publication] [Special Collections]


Letter to the editor by Harry Whittington.

Mr Whittington disputes Professor Holmes' report to the Public Works Department on the Batalling Creek trial. The report begins with a number of equations established over a period of time to calculate various movements of water in the soil. Mr Whittington explains that these calculations can only be estimates when applied to soil where the soil structures have not been interfered with or changed. The complex changes which occur in the soil and cause the salinity problem, interrupts the preferred water channels and causes a change in the whole system. Mr Whittington says that Professor Holmes has completely ignored these changes as well as the data collected by the Public Works Department at the Batalling Creek trial and assumes the salt water was coming up under pressure, but it was finding its own level in the soil. Mr Whittington also states that it is unfortunate that Professor Holmes is so engrossed in his own theories and beliefs that he is unable to comprehend that some alternative system can create the desired balance and permit the use of the soil for the production of food and at the same time maintain the quality of water suitable for human consumption.

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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: ©1979 The Countryman
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57184
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