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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)

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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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Rises Land Unit: 5a3 Lithology Group: Basalt Sites: 12 Area: 313 km Soil Common Soil Red Dermosols Common Soil Characteristics Surface texture class Clay Loamy Subsoil texture class Clayey Soil colour Red Surface soil gravels < 20% Subsoils gravels < 20% Soil depth 0.25 - 1.0m Field surface pH 7.5 - 8.5 Field subsoil pH 7.5 - 8.5 Other soils described Leptic Rudosols, Shallow Calcarosols Vegetation Common vegetation community Tussock grasslands No sites Pasture rating Mixed spp. low tussock grassland 9 Moderate Other communities: Terminalia arostrata low open woodland, Corymbia terminalis low open woodland Stratum Frequency of dominant species Other common species in decreasing frequency Upper stratum - Terminalia arostrata, Corymbia terminalis (58%), Gyrocarpus americanus, Grevillea dimidiata (17%) Mid stratum - Carissa lanceolata (58%), Corymbia terminalis (50), Terminalia arostrata (33%), Cochlospermum fraseri (17%) Ground stratum Sporobolus australasicus (75%), Cleome viscosa (67%), Enneapogon polyphyllus, Enneapogon purpurascens (42%), Aristida holathera (33%) Heliotropium sp. (75%), Aristida latifolia (33%), Brachyachne convergens, Aerva javanica, Chrysopogon fallax (25%) Land Evaluation Comments Well drained Moderately deep soils Substantial slopes Rock outcrop High erosion risk: Any disturbance will require erosion and sediment control planning Landform General Description Gently to undulating rises; rock outcrop; tussock grassland; moderately deep red structured soils Slopes 2 - 5% Parent material Basalt Surface Gravel > 30% Rock Outcrop < 5% Drainage Well Runoff Rapid 131131 of the Victoria River DistrictLAND RESOURCES 131 Rises Land Unit: 5a3 Lithology Group: Basalt Sites: 12 Area: 313 km2 Landform Soil Vegetation Land Evaluation Comments Stratum Frequency of Dominant Species Other Common Species in Decreasing Frequency

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