Photographer Jocelyn Carlin

The Black and Brown State of Victoria

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The Artesian Water Source

Copyright © Jocelyn Carlin 2009
In the dryland wheat/canola/sheep and cattle country around central Victoria, sheep gather at a man-made water hole, a stock tank or stock dam common in the rural Australian landscape. Water is pumped from the artesian basin underground, a freshwater source of unknown quantity. The shallow dams about 10 - 12 ft deep and 30 - 40 ft wide, are generally grossly inefficient storage due to large surface area evaporation occuring in the heat of summer. Gradually farmers are converting to a system of enclosed plastic tanks and valved troughs in an effort to manage the precious resource responsibly.
Other Galleries in this exhibition
General Postcards | Aspects of Tokyo | Christmas Cards | The Black and Brown State of Victoria