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Salting the soil costs the earth

Maher, T. (1985) Salting the soil costs the earth. Australian Financial Review, 6 November 1985. [Publication] [Special Collections]


A national summit to be held at Adelaide on the topic of salinity. As one of the three major salt-affected regions in the Murray-Darling Basin, Victoria wants Federal and interstate co-operation in coming to a long-term, basin-wide strategy for overcoming land and water degradation. Prime Minister, Mr Hawke said the future of the region was of considerable national significance, providing water to 80 percent of all irrigation land in Australia. The soil salting occurs when there has been too much clearing with evaporation concentrating the saline groundwater at the surface. In the Pilbara, the salt is harvested but in the south-eastern corner of the continent, it is a curse that costs the earth. This article contains a number of initiatives such as a Salinity Co-ordination Unit.

This article contains two images: a drain holding water and a diagram illustrating low water table, rising water table during irrigation and high water table after irrigation.

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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: ©1985 Australian Financial Review
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58874
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