Washing the salt from Aceh's wounds

December 2005
Ecos;Dec2005/Jan2006, Issue 128, p34
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The article reports on the progress made by Australian researchers in assisting the Acehenese farmers of Indonesia in reviving their tsunami-swamped agriculture. Irrigation and drainage channels were damaged and debris from uprooted vegetation and destroyed buildings were leff on farmers' fields. The tsunami's wave transported marine sediments from the sea floor across the floodplain and washed coastal sand over fields of various crops. This electromagnetic (EM) technology has been widely used in Australia for salinity assessments. The early results indicate that the most saline soils appear to be those where tsunami water lay for longest. A number of restoration trials will be run to show and test technologies to try to improve the local yields.


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