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Once gone, it's lost forever ...

Mills, B. (1987) Once gone, it's lost forever ... National Farmer, 22 July 1987. p. 12 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Current Australian soil conservation policy considers that satisfactory erosion control has been achieved if soil fertility is maintained and there is no loss in production. Two leading scientists, Dr Geoffrey Beckmann and Dr Ross Coventry, say the seriousness of soil erosion is being greatly underrated and unless our soil conservation policies are totally revamped the nation can expect inevitable and disastrous consequences. The problem is that many so-called soil 'experts' suggest that soils are continually being formed from parent rock and that given 'ideal' conditions topsoil can be formed. Both Dr Beckman and Dr Coventry point to hard evidence that shows soil losses on the surface are not balanced by soil formation at depth and that soils lost in Australia through man's activities during the past 200 years are gone forever.

This article an image of a farmer standing in a salt-damaged paddock and a diagram showing changes induced by continued erosion at a site.

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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: ©1987 National Farmer
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60207
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