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Save our soils

Zekulich, M. (1986) Save our soils. The West Australian, 2 August 1986. p. 17 [Publication] [Special Collections]


A leading Eastern States scientist says that soil degradation is such across southern Australian farms that only half the rainfall is being used efficiently. A major factor has been soil compaction from the pounding and continued use of heavy machinery, a major factor of degradation in Western Australia, along with salinity, wind and water erosion. This year the Chapman River has run red from heavy rains with top soil swept from wheatbelt country. Winds have swept away valuable top soils with the Avon being hit by water erosion. Dr Graeme Robertson, the Commissioner of Soils in Western Australia, said there has been misuse of the land in Western Australia and he believed that many farmers have no idea of the fragility of our soils and how incredibly easily they are damaged.

This article contains two images: Flinders Street in Melbourne shrouded in smog formed from topsoil blown in from dry parts of western Victoria; and skeletal animal remains on a property near Narembeen.

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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: ©1986 The West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/59896
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