, Volume 466, Issue 1-3, pp 329-337

Anthropogenic salinisation of inland waters

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Abstract

Many inland waters are becoming more saline from human activities, particularly in semi-arid and arid regions. The causes and distribution of anthropogenic salinisation, the salinisation of freshwater lakes, rivers and streams, and increases in the salinity of large, permanent saline lakes are discussed. The impacts of anthropogenic salinisation are far-reaching, increasing, deleterious and largely irreparable. Environmental, social and environmental costs are high. Attention is drawn to the importance of anthropogenic salinisation and its impacts. The need for better recognition of the costs of salinisation and for more effective management is stressed.