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Reclamation of saline soils at Kerang, Victoria, by ponding and pumping from an aquifer

Reclamation of saline soils at Kerang, Victoria, by ponding and pumping from an aquifer

Australian Jour Exptl Agric And Animal Husb 3(10): 177-179

Large areas of saline soils occur in the irrigation districts near Kerang in north-west Victoria. In the past, reclamation of these soils by leaching from intermittent irrigations has taken several years. The present work demonstrates: The rapid reclamation 2 1/2 acres of badly salted land by simultaneously ponding (fresh water) on the soil surface and pumping from a sand layer at 24 feet. Thus, 10 days of ponding and 56 hours of pumping from the aquifer reduced salinity in the top six inches of soil (0-6 in.) from 1.60% NaCl to 0.05% Nad. Changes in soil pH and exchangeable cations, brought about by leaching and/or the use of gypsum, are reported. The rapid leaching of salt from the surface soil of 2 acres of highly saline country by ponding alone.

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