Salinity symptoms


Salinity symptoms include changes in the soil, vegetation, animal behaviour and/or infrastructure (roads, buildings and underground structures) due to the presence of salt and/or waterlogging.

Salinity is defined by the dominant landuse in the landscape where it occurs with the three types being dryland, irrigation and urban salinity.

The general symptoms of salinity can occur within irrigation, dryland and urban landscapes.

Single visual symptoms should not be relied on as a sole predictor of salinity.

Testing should be undertaken to confirm the presence of salinity.

This Primefact covers the following topics:

  • General salinity symptoms
  • Dryland salinity
  • Irrigation salinity
  • Urban salinity
  • Salinity indicator species
  • Investigating salinity on your property


Primefact 939 First Edition

Published: Oct 2009