REUTERS: A delegation of dignitaries to the lower Murray Darling region say there is an urgent need to do something to combat climate change.
A spokesman for the delegation said that some parts of the Darling River that they visited were so salty, the water was undrinkable for horses, and parts of the lower Murray were blocked.
"The rivers fall rapidly from the mountains in which they originate into a level and extremely depressed country," spokesman, Mr Charles Sturt said.
"Having weak and inconsiderable sources, and being almost wholly unaided by tributories of any kind, they naturally fail before they reach the coast and exhaust themselves in marshes or lakes; or reach it so weakened as to be unable to preserve clear or navigable mouths, or to remove the sand banks that the tides throw up before them."
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