Great Artesian Basin: A Contested Resource Environment of Subterranean Water and Coal Seam Gas in Australia

Short Description

Great Artesian Basin courtesy of Geoscience AustraliaLocated in Australia, the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) is one of the largest subterranean aquifer systems in the world and is the focus of research seeking new insights based on social analyses of human engagements with water and coal seam gas in what's known as the "vertical third dimension." The analyses makes use of publicly available submissions made to state and federal government inquiries, as well as data obtained through etnographic fieldwork in the coal seam gas fields of southern Queensland, Australia. The underground is regarded as a "socionature hybrid" challenge in which the coal seam gas and water are entangled with broader social histories, technologies, knowledge debates, and discursive contests.

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Kim de Rijke , Paul Munro , Maria de Lourdes Melo Zurita 
Society & Natural Resources 
Vol. 29, Iss. 6, 2016