Ronald Brak

Because not everyone can be normal.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Arrh! The Old Sea Salt's in the Wrong Place!

Adelaide is one of the few large cities in the world that is entirely self sufficient in salt. Some people think it reflects badly on Adelaide that what would be ridiculously overpriced waterfront land in Brisbane or Sydney is a salt pan here, but those detractors will be laughing out of the other side of their laughing orifices once some Bond villian corners the world market in salt. While that's admittedly an unlikely occurrence, it's not completely impossible. After all, the British managed it in India and it took the sauve and debonair James Ghandi, licenced to passively resist, to put an end to it.

Anyway, it just occured to me that the salt pans are in the North of Adelaide, while the new desalination plant and all its briny waste water is in the South of Adelaide. That seems a bit - dumb. There may be a perfectly good reason for doing it this way, perhaps it would anger Gilgamax who would arise and feast upon the carbon of the living to put the desalination plant in the north, but still, the older I get, the more and more realistic the original Sim City seems to be.

Update: After looking into it further it seems that the owners of the salt pans want to turn them into surburban blocks but are waiting for the goverment to flood proof them first on account of how they're salt flats and sea levels aren't getting any lower. It sounds like a reasonable request. After all, if the government doesn't flood proof the area the land developers might not be able to afford sports cars to drive to trendy cafes where they can make little speaches about how nobody ever gave them anything and complain about how high taxes are.

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