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Sludge: Disaster on Victoria's Goldfields, Lawrence,  Susan
Sludge: Disaster on Victoria's Goldfields
Susan Lawrence

Paperback $34.99 - Black Inc
Australian Non Fiction - Published: 6/Aug/2019 - ISBN: 9781760641108

Everyone knows gold made Victoria rich but the legacy of gold mining was disastrous for the land, engulfing it in floods of sand, gravel and silt – a devastation that still affects our rivers and floodplains. Victorians had a name for this mining waste- 'sludge'. Sludge submerged Victoria's best grapevines near Bendigo, filled Laanecoorie Reservoir on the Loddon River and flowed down from Beechworth over thousands of hectares of rich agricultural land. Children and animals drowned in sludge lakes. Mining effluent contaminated three-quarters of Victoria's creeks and rivers. Sludge exposes the dirty secret of Victoria's mining history and and shows how the battle against sludge helped lay the ground for the modern environmental movement.

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