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The salt of the earth ... that is ruining Australia

Cribb, J. (1987) The salt of the earth ... that is ruining Australia. The Weekend Australian, 30 May 1987. p. 20 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Australia's vast expanses of land with its soils perilously thin and fragile is facing growing threats from erosion, salinity and acidification to the nation's economic future. Thirty-two million hectares of Australia are afflicted by salt, with a further seventeen million hectares by acid soils. Almost two thirds of our total arable and pastoral lands suffer from erosion and other forms of degradation. Farmers and governments alike have been aware of the perils of erosion and salting for more than a century, but they were usually seen only as a local or regional problem. Only recently has the full magnitude of the threat to the nation's productive capacity started to become apparent as science mastered the interlocking forces of the environment. The Federal Minister for Primary Industry, Mr Kerin, has been a key activist in the development and co-ordination of national plans to tackle the problem, starting with his establishment of the National Soil Conservation Program (NSCP) in 1983.

This article contains a diagram illustrating the hydrologic cycle for both forest and cleared land; and an image of a dead trees in a salty marshland in south west Western Australia.

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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 The Weekend Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60419
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