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Drought conditions at Renmark
Title : Drought conditions at Renmark Drought conditions at Renmark
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Date of creation : 1959
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 155 x 100 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

A general view showing drought conditions at Renmark in November 1959.

Drought is a prolonged, abnormally dry period when there is not enough water for normal usage. Drought is monitored by meteorologists, agriculturalists, by hydrologists and by sociologists: all of these specialists have different ways of monitoring the effect of drought. Drought can be very localised or widespread.

Environmental damage through vegetation loss and soil erosion has long term implications for the sustainability of agriculture. Bushfires and duststorms often increase during dry times with a resultant loss of vegetation and soild cover. Heavy drought breaking rain is then detrimental to the drought affected regions with soil washouts.

Coverage year : 1959
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
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