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Report on the Land Units of the Coastal Plains



Report on the Land Units of the Coastal Plains

Other title

Soils of the coastal plains, Northern Territory, Australia.


Land Conservation Section


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Coastal Plains of the Northern Territory.; Soils report


These reports describes the land resource mapping over the Northern Territory coastal plains region. The surveyed area was mapped at a scale of 1:50,000. The mapped land units are described using the dominate soils, topography and vegetation. The potential land use and limitations for each land unit are also briefly described.


There are three different reports attached to this record: Report on the land units of the coastal plains / K.J.Day; Soils of the coastal plains, Northern Territory, Australia / A.D.L. Hooper; and Soils report (coastal plains survey 1968,69,70 / K.J. Day




Coastal ecology - Northern Territory; Land Unit mapping; Coastal Plains

Publisher name

Animal Industry and Agriculture Branch, Northern Territory Administration

Place of publication

Darwin, N. T.


3 volumes, various pagings.

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Animal Industry and Agriculture Branch, Northern Territory Administration



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Related items

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/506884; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/506885

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( SUMMARY OF CURRENT SOIL CLASSIFICATION CPRS For the detailed soil survey of the station area several small soil units are able to be established which on a broader survey would be impracticable. In mapping these units changes in drainage characteristics as shown on aerial photos are most important and drainage lines (channels, drainage ways, swamp zones and meander cut offs) give the best initial separation for photo soil-landscape units. Former drainage lines are also very important as these are generally associated with distinct soil types. General descriptions of these soils are set out below with their associated minor types as mapped at CPRS. The unit is basically a soil family or perhaps now nearer to a series level with a local geographic name. I have included the layer terminology for these soils although it is not yet finalized. Standard profile nomenclature is impossible on these soils and each layer has been given a notation to describe its origin. The combination of these layers correlates well with the special features which are used in the basic family classification. briefly as: The layers described are summarised A Alluvial fresh water clay - present day soil surface of grey-black clay which cracks strongly in dry season. E Estuarine clay layer, massive permanently moist grey mottled clays; moderate to high salt content. G Gleyed saline clays - grey to greenish or bluish grey puggy sticky clays with very high salt content. F Freshwater swamp clays - black or brown plastic clays generally with wood and leaf debris, acid. Sand or sandy clay derived from the "lateriticn high level