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Land resources of the Victoria River District



Land resources of the Victoria River District


Napier, Diane E; Hill, Jason V; Northern Territory. Department of Land Resource Management. Land Resource Assessment Branch


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Technical Report Number 19/2012




Victoria River


This Technical Report describes a land resource survey. It was mapped at a survey scale of 1:100 000 and includes a description of the landforms, soils and vegetation for 237 land units. The surveyed area of 74 502km2 is located 700km south west of Darwin and covers 23 major land holdings in the Victoria River District, (VRD) Northern Territory. The objectives of the project were to map, describe and evaluate the pastoral lands of the VRD and provide this information to land managers, industry, government and other relevant stakeholders.


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

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Previous Mapping; 3. Survey Collection Methodology and Data Collection; 4. Lithology and Stratigraphy; 5. Landform; 6. Soil Classification; 7. Vegetation; 8. Land Evaluation; 9. Soil Erosion; 10. Land Unit Descriptions; References; Appendices x 10. Tables x 49. Figures x 10.




Soils -- Northern Territory -- Victoria River; Land use -- Northern Territory -- Victoria River; Geology -- Northern Territory -- Victoria River

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Northern Territory Government

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Technical Report Number 19/2012


vii, 363 pages : colour illustrations and maps ; 30 cm.

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Northern Territory Government



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Hills Land Unit: 3d Lithology Group: Calcareous Sites: 3 Area: 180 km Soil Common Soil Leptic Rudosols Common Soil Characteristics Surface texture class Loamy Subsoil texture class - Soil colour Red Surface soil gravels Nil Subsoils gravels - Soil depth < 0.25m Field surface pH 6.5 - 7.5 Field subsoil pH Other soils described Nil Vegetation Common vegetation community Low open woodlands No sites Pasture rating Corymbia ferruginea low open woodland 2 Poor Other communities: Mixed species low open woodland Stratum Frequency of dominant species Other common species in decreasing frequency Upper stratum Corymbia ferruginea, Terminalia canescens (67%), Hakea arborescens (33%) Bauhinia cunninghamii (33%) Mid stratum - Terminalia canescens, Cochlospermum fraseri (33%) Ground stratum Triodia bitextura (67%), Enneapogon sp. (33%) Dichanthium fecundum, annual Sorghum sp. (33%) Land Evaluation Comments Well drained Very shallow soils Excessive slopes Abundant rock outcrop Very high erosion risk: Disturbance of excessive slopes requires detailed erosion and sediment control planning Landform General Description Rolling to steep limestone hills; abundant rock outcrop; Corymbia ferruginea low open woodland; very shallow soils Slopes 10- 50% Parent material Calcareous material Surface Gravel > 50% Rock Outcrop Up to 30% Drainage Well Runoff Very rapid 102 of the Victoria River DistrictLAND RESOURCES 102 Hills Land Unit: 3d Lithology Group: Calcareous Sites: 3 Area: 180 km2 Landform Soil Vegetation Land Evaluation Comments Stratum Frequency of Dominant Species Other Common Species in Decreasing Frequency