Title

Salinity investigations at Karratha : site problems in a Pilbrara development town

Publication Date

1975

Series Number

30

Abstract

The investigation showed that the cracking clay soils north of and fringing on the present development area were inherently saline and the water table had risen about 5 m since development and was causing severe surface salination in some areas. It appeared that the water table had risen because of the domestic and municipal use of water for gardens and parks, coupled with poor underground drainage. The Karratha water supply also contained up to 900 mg per litre total soluble salts - a poor quality watery soil.

Keywords

Drainage, Saline soils, Karratha region (WA), Western Australia

Comments

Withdrawn from circulation July 1998

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