1827G. ThompsonTrav. 447We procured each of us a draught of very brack water.
a1858J. GoldswainChron. (1949) II. 186I said that in the sum[m]er that there was no water and that was was brak even in the winter.
a1873J. BurrowTrav. in Wilds of Afr. (1971) 42The water here is in pits and very brak, no (or very little and wild) game, and altogether very dull.
1887A.A. Anderson25 Yrs in WaggonI. 76I..came to a very large brak pan, at least four miles in circumference, called Great Chue Pan.
1898G. Nicholson50 Yrs 113Probably the majority of waters tapped in this part of the country by the artesian or any other process would turn out more or less ‘brak’.
1910A.B. LamontRural Reader 19When it contains too much of certain substances, of which salt and soda are the chief, it is called ‘brak’ water.
1914Farmer’s Annual 318Storage of brak water with free access to air, in open tanks, would not improve the quality of such water.
1920F.C. CornellGlamour of Prospecting 50Although but a day’s ride from Van Rhyn’s Dorp, the region is a very solitary and deserted one, much of the land being brak (alkaline) and unfit for stock to run on.
1931H.D. LeppanAgric. Policy 42A noteworthy feature of brak soils is the fact that high concentration of soluble salts generally coincides with richness in plant food, so that these soils are characterised by high potential fertility.
1942J.A. BrownOne Man’s War (1980) 53We grope our way to the mess and swill down tepid, brak tea and white bread turned brown and gritty.
1951H.C. Bosman inS. GrayMakapan’s Caves (1987) 174He wondered what those lands were like...Maybe it was just brak soil, and with ganna bushes.
1969I. VaughanLast of Sunlit Yrs 57The Residency was a small three-roomed cottage to which every drop of water — heavily brak — was sleighed every day from a distant well.
1975E. Prov. Herald 6 Aug. 4When salt bush was used plenty of drinking water should be available and should contain as little brak salt as possible.
1989D. Bristow inWeekly Mail 21 Apr. 29All the water is brak, which means it tastes like old swamp water, but you get used to it.
1897‘F. Macnab’On Veldt & Farm 72It seemed that a good deal of ‘brak’ was in the soil.
1920E.H.L. SchwarzKalahari; or, Thirstland Redemption 35Extreme care..must be exercised in dealing with irrigated land; it has happened again and again that brak has risen on shallow soil by excessive waterings.
1931H.D. LeppanAgric. Policy 42Brak is commonly known as ‘alkali’ in America and other countries. It refers to the presence of soluble salts in the soil in sufficient concentration to injure plants.
1963S. CloeteRags of Glory 414But we have water — very fine, clear water with no trace of brak.
1966C.A. SmithCommon Names 173On such places only a brack-tolerant vegetation will flourish.
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