Oxidation of pyrites in coastal Australian soils has been a concern for researchers in recent times. Acid pollution of creeks and rivers close to estuaries has been attributed to pyrite oxidation (Indraratna, 1997). The leaching of acid through the waterways to the estuarine system has led to a number of environmental problems such as destruction of fish, oysters, and other important marine life, including their habitats. Loss of infrastructure and lower levels of agricultural production have also been documented in the acid sulfate soils literature (Blunden and Indraratna, 1997; Blunden et al., 1997).

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