Journal article

Discussion of: Finkl, C.W. and Cathcart, R.B., 2011. The "Morning Glory" Project: A Papua New Guinea-Queensland Australia Undersea Freshwater Pipeline, Journal of Coastal Research, 27(4), 607-618

Brian L Finlayson, Murray C Peel, Thomas A McMahon

JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH | COASTAL EDUCATION & RESEARCH FOUNDATION | Published : 2012

Abstract

Finkl and Cathcart have proposed a macroengineering project to deliver water from the Fly River in Papua New Guinea via an undersea pipeline into northeast Australia, routed down the Diamantina River and thence into Lake Eyre. The proposal has historical antecedents but its scientific basis is very weak. No case is made for the usefulness or demand for the water in Australia. Little consideration is given to the environmental, social, and political issues that such a scheme would involve. Scientific papers that are referenced in support of the arguments in the paper in many cases do not deal with the issues on which they are quoted. The authors appear to have little understanding of the geog..

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