Rivers of Gold

Canberra talk

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On Wednesday evening Susan gave a talk in the History Seminar at ANU, sponsored by the Centre for Environmental History.  Thanks to Tom Griffiths and Libby Robin for organising.

Sludge at Araluen, NSW

On Monday Susan had the opportunity to visit Araluen, NSW with Dr Barry McGowan and Peter Smith, President of the Braidwood Historical Society.  We saw sand slugs in Araluen Creek and stacked mounds of gravel on the floodplains.  These are tailings from dredging in the early twentieth century.  How far downstream has it gone I wonder?

Summer fieldwork on the Loddon


We spent a very hot week collecting sediment samples on the Loddon River from Strangways to Bridgewater.  Lots of good exposures of anthropogenic sediment deposited in the last 150 years, but how much is sludge?  That is the question.

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