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Chemical sludge pours over reef after storm

Floods in north Queensland have created vast sediment plumes that are dumping tonnes of eroded soil, nitrogen and farm chemicals across the Great Barrier Reef, a Queensland scientist says.

Andrew Brooks, a senior research fellow with the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University in Brisbane, has posted aerial photographs online that show the extent of the pollution.

One photograph shows a sediment plume that extends more than 18 kilometres out to sea from the mouth of the Burdekin river at Upstart Bay.

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