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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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G 50" + 3. very strongly mottled sometimes with minor Caco 3 . Unmottled saline pug. 3a. Carmor L/M type - A type common where former channels (i.e. Reedy lagoon) have formed close to the "laterite" surface and the E layer is only poorly developed or not present at all. The surface A layer is rich in Caco3 but TSS are lower (i.e. 15,000 ppm in Carmor 10,000 ppm in Carmor L/M). 4. Cairncurry - Forms on swampy inland areas of the plains, i.e. in those areas apparently not affected by riverine deposition but mainly built up by wash from the upper surface and accumulation of swamp deposits. Under Eleochaeris or Paperbark. Has standing water into dry season. A E F 0-30" 36-60" Massive black clays strongly cracking into coars~ blocks and prisms with gypsum efflorescence on surface and crystals in moist lower areas. Distinguished by red-pink fine mottles. Dark grey to brown clay mottled yellow and red with gypsum crystals at surface. 60" or lower. Freshwater peaty debris often with sandy cells. TSS high (up to 10,000 ppm (water) 7,000 ppm (soil)) but chloride low. Occurs 5. Wildman - :A;ee~~/on margins of and in drainage channels connected in present day system to river influenced areas. f . Under ~imbrystyl~s and other sedges. A 0-36" Black strongly cracking clays which break