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Low river at Moorook in 1915.
Title : Low river at Moorook in 1915. Low river at Moorook in 1915.
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Date of creation : 1915
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 150 x 85 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

Low river at Moorook in 1915, showing a wide stretch of dry river bed with pools, showing some snags and tree roots exposed.

Regulation of the River Murray flows with the building of the weirs and locks was brought about by the River Murray Waters Agreement which was signed by all the relevant states in 1915. Construction of the first lock at Blanchetown began later that year. The locks were intended to even out river flows for irrigation and for steam navigation on the river; however there have still been major floods in the river, notably in 1931 and 1956. Drought continues to effect the river system, but it is not revealed to this dramatic extent.

Coverage year : 1915
Region : Riverland and Murraylands
Further reading :
Shepherd, K. J. Critical droughts on the River Murray in South Australia, Adelaide, S. Aust.: Engineering and Water Supply Dept., 1971
McKernan, Michael. Drought: the red marauder, Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 2005
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