This image reveals an outlet of highly saline groundwater being pumped into Mourquong Basin in NSW Australia. This saltwater has been diverted from flowing into the freshwater of the Murray River through a series of salinity management interception schemes. Pink salt flakes from this basin are later harvested and enjoyed by food connoisseurs the world over.

Megan Lawrence has worked extensively in the Sunraysia region documenting the landscapes of salinity management and irrigation schemes by following the flow of pumped water from interception along the rivers to inland basins such as Mourquong.

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Image detail: Gary Ramage