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Land Resources of Auvergne Station



Land Resources of Auvergne Station

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A supplement to the Land Resources of the Victoria River District


Napier, Diane; Edmeades, Bart; Lynch, Brian; McGregor, Robert; Northern Territory. Department of Environment and Natural Resources


Hill, J.V.


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Jul-18




Auvergne Station; NT Portion 2676; Victoria River Downs; Victoria River District


This report for Auvergne Station is a supplement to Land Resources of the Victoria River District (2012) and completes the land resource assessment of the district which covers 24 properties and approximately 78 760 km² of pastoral land. Land unit mapping at 1:100 000 describes the landforms, soils and vegetation in the district.


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT)

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Table of contents; 1. Introduction; 2. Previous mapping; 3. Survey methodology and data collection; 4. Lithology; 5. Landform; 6. Soil; 7. Soil physical and chemical characteristics; 8. Vegetation; 9. Land evaluation; 10. Soil erosion; 11. Land unit descriptions; 12. References; Appendices 1 - 12.




Soils -- Northern Territory -- Auvergne Station; Land use -- Northern Territory -- Auvergne Station; Geology -- Northern Territory -- Auvergne Station; land resource assessment; land units; soil landscapes; vegetation communities

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Northern Territory Government

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204 pages ; colour photographs, maps, figures, tables ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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http://www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/metadata/export_data?type=html&metadata_id=E3F20A909A8123ADE040CD9B21446CC0; http://hdl.handle.net/10070/245323 [Land resources of the Victoria River District]

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Land Resources of Auvergne Station A supplement to the Land Resources of the Victoria River District 13 The source and age of the colluvium has produced a high degree of variability in soils. These vary from deep siliceous sands (Tenosols) generally found at the bases of sandstone rises and hills, to non-structured and structured brown and red earths (Brown and Red Kandosols and Dermosols) across the older and flatter plains further inland. Rock outcrop is generally minor and the gravel variable. Vegetation communities across colluvial landscapes are also highly variable. Corymbia polycarpa (Long-fruited bloodwood), Corymbia confertiflora (Broad-leaved carbeen) low open woodlands are widespread to the south. Eucalyptus pruinosa (Silver box), Terminalia platyptera or Melaleuca minutifolia (Teatree) low open woodland/shrublands are also prevalent and tend to occur further inland on the property. Siltstone The siltstone lithology group is a similar landscape to the sandstone and it is dispersed in small blocks throughout the eastern part of the lease where sandstone and colluvial landscapes are common. These areas are generally rises and plains with very shallow (Rudosols) or texture contrast (Chromosols) soils. The vegetation communities are commonly Melaleuca sericea, and/or Melaleuca minutifolia (Teatree) low open woodlands/shrublands with a Triodia bitextura (Curly spinifex) and Sorghum sp. understorey. The Pinkerton Range is also layered with siltstone and sandstone; both are evident on steep sideslopes. This layering can be seen near the junction of the Duncan Road and Victoria Highway. Calcareous Material A small calcareous plain exists on the boundary of Nagurunguru ALT (Amanbidji) and Auvergne; the soils are cracking grey clays (Vertosols) with abundant surface limestone rock and rock outcrop. The vegetation is a typical Bauhinia cunninghamii (Bauhinia), Corymbia terminalis (Bloodwood) mixed species open woodland commonly found on these landscapes.

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