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UNIT 2

Saltland Basics

 

Unit 2 brings together and summarises the latest background information about dryland salinity in Australia; its causes and possible management strategies.


In Unit 2 there are 5 ‘sections’:

 

2.1

A brief history of dryland salinity in Australia

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Why do we have it, how much is there and where is it, and what are the most recent trends.

 
2.2

Recognising dryland salinity

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What are the signs and symptoms? Is it salinity, waterlogging, or both? What are indicator plants and how can I use them to better understand a particular saltland site?

 
2.3

What are farmers reporting?

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Understandably, farmers often have a different agenda to researchers and catchment managers. ABS and Land Water & Wool farmer surveys about dryland salinity offer useful insights.

 
2.4

The case for preventing/managing recharge.

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The initial focus for salinity management was prevention, by reducing recharge especially through revegetation with perennial plants. Some positive outcomes and many difficulties provide a valuable perspective for this approach.

 
2.5

The case for managing discharge

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More recently, direct management of discharge areas has become part of the overall salinity management strategy in all States. Productive use for saline land has potential advantages for farmers, and catchment managers, but there are challenges and risks.