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WISALTS column

(1984) WISALTS column. Elders Weekly, 23 August 1984. p. 10 [Publication] [Special Collections]


WISALTS column feature discusses the original classification of the Beaufort Scale which related to how much soil a ship could carry. The scale was developed in 1805 by Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort and has been adapted for land use and is still used today when instruments for measuring wind force are not available. The 0-12 scale is used by the Bureau of Meteorology and by other groups including Bush Fire Brigades during the fire season. Much of the information and data was provided by the Bureau of Meteorology for a wind mapping project carried out by CSIRO, which covered the whole of Australia. The most important application for farmers is the wind erosion aspect, although most farmers in areas prone to this sort of erosion know that they are in such as area, without maps and data to tell them so.

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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: ©1984 Elders Weekly
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58603
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