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Report on the Land Units of the Coastal Plains



Report on the Land Units of the Coastal Plains

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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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2. M Mottled sandy clays from high level surface. Strong red and grey mottles and carries good quality ground water. The Soil Families 1. Murrabibbi - Occurs on the margins of the plain with slopes to 1 under grasses and Pandanus. A 0-12" Poorly developed, light clays to clay loams with high amounts of quartz grains or nodules. L 12-36 11 M 36" + Light grey to brown sands colour depending on drainage. Strongly mottled clays. 2. Counamoul - Under mixed grasses (Tschaemum) on flat inland margins of plain and along margins of beach ridges. A 0-24 11 Cracking clay surface generally in two layers. L 24-4811 As in J.Vlurrabibbi. M 48" + As in Murrabibbi. 2a. Another unit is present on the farm where a thin E layer tongues in above the L layer. This has a higher salt content and the total salts in all layers are correspondingly higher than in the normal Counamoul soil (i.e. Type Counamoul 1000-2000 ppm TSS. Counamoul E type > 2000 ppm. 3. Carmor - On the margins of old channels, levee banks or mosaic channel areas now generally forming higher areas on the plain under a mosaic pattern of grasses and sedges. A 0-36" Strongly cracking - sometimes almost to a