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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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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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Rises Land Unit: 5c8 Lithology Group: Colluvium Sites: 2 Area: 9.9 km Soil Common Soil Red Kandosols Common Soil Characteristics Surface texture class Loamy Subsoil texture class Clay loamy Soil colour Red Surface soil gravels 20 - 50% Subsoils gravels Nil Soil depth 0.25 - 0.5m Field surface pH 6.5 - 7.5 Field subsoil pH 8.5 - 9.5 Other soils described Shallow Red Chromosols Vegetation Common vegetation community Hummock grasslands No sites Pasture rating Triodia pungens mid hummock grassland 2 Poor Other communities: Nil Stratum Frequency of dominant species Other common species in decreasing frequency Upper stratum - Corymbia terminalis (100%), Grevillea wickhamii (50%) Mid stratum - Acacia lysiphloia, Acacia argyraea (100%), Acacia leptophleba, Gossypium australe (50%) Ground stratum Triodia pungens (100%) Aristida inaequiglumis (100%), Ptilotus calostachyus, Acacia argyraea, Eulalia aurea (50%) Land Evaluation Comments Well drained Shallow soils Gentle slopes No rock outcrop Moderately high erosion risk: Any disturbance will require erosion and sediment control planning Landform General Description Gently undulating colluvial rises and footslopes; spinifex grassland; shallow red earths Slopes 2 - 3% Parent material Colluvium Surface Gravel > 50% Rock Outcrop Nil Drainage Well Runoff Moderately rapid 154 of the Victoria River DistrictLAND RESOURCES 154 Rises Land Unit: 5c8 Lithology Group: Colluvium Sites: 2 Area: 9.9 km2 Landform Soil Vegetation Land Evaluation Comments Stratum Frequency of Dominant Species Other Common Species in Decreasing Frequency

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