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WISALTS column

(1986) WISALTS column. Elders Weekly, 12 June 1986. p. 10 [Publication] [Special Collections]


The salinity crisis facing the Australian continent is not new. Jim Bowler, a geomorphologist from the Australian National University, is working at Lake Mungo in south western New South Wales to unlock nature's record of flood and droughts. In an article published on the front page of the Weekend Australian on 31 May/1 June 1986, the Australian's rural writer, Anthony Hay outlines the whys and wherefores of Mr Bowler's reasoning for additional research in the area. Mr Bowler believes the naturally occurring salinity that determined the lifestyle of the region's early inhabitants could provide scientists with a vital link for studies of modern salinity. Initial archaeological discoveries were made by Mr Bowler in 1968 and he believes the inhabitants of Lake Mungo were, more than 40,000 years ago, responding to major increases in salinity, with the evidence of their struggle being dramatically recorded in the lakes and dunes.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1986 Elders Weekly
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60437
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