Surat Basin Case Study

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Willy-willy occurrences across farmland and rural communities within the Surat Basin in South-West Queensland are on the rise. Increased surface temperatures and cleared farmland provides perfect conditions for these ‘dust-devils’ to not only form, but to self-sustain for longer periods of time. These tornado-like funnels of wind strip precious topsoil and transport across potentially hundreds of kilometres. The striped land become barren and is open to further erosion from wind and rain. However, a recent boom in the mining industry across the Surat Basin has seen companies, such as the Queensland Gas Company (QGC), purchase thousands of hectares of land. According to their website, QGC, under strict Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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