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Salinity Crisis: Landscapes, Communiti/Beresford, Que/Paper/1876268603/S054-C2
University of Western Australia Press
Salinity is destroying landscapes, communities and biodiversity across rural Australia, and unless urgent steps are taken, further devastation will occur in the coming decades. The Wheatbelt, in the South-West of Western Australia, has one of the worst cases of dryland salinity in the world, threatening the future of one of the nation's most important agriculture regions.
How did Australia's salinity crisis reach such huge dimensions? This book, the first attempt to provide a comprehensive explanation, describes the relentless drive for agricultural development through massive land-clearing programs, and highlights the decades of denial by governments that salinity has been a problem. The authors acknowledge the pioneering efforts of local communities to fight salinity, and emphasize the vision needed by governments to halt the damage now.
Based on extensive research, The Salinity Crisis is essential reading for anyone who is concerned about one of Australia's most serious environmental problems.