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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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Plains Land Unit: 6d9 Lithology Group: Calcareous Sites: 1 Area: 19 km Soil Common Soil Shallow Calcarosols Common Soil Characteristics Surface texture class Clay Loamy Subsoil texture class Clayey Soil colour Red Surface soil gravels < 10% Subsoils gravels < 2% Soil depth 0.25 - 0.5m Field surface pH 8.5 - 9.5 Field subsoil pH 8.5 - 9.5 Other soils described Dermosols and Vertosols Vegetation Common vegetation community Tussock grasslands No sites Pasture rating Mixed spp. low tussock grassland 1 Moderate Other communities: Nil Stratum Frequency of dominant species Frequency of other common species Upper stratum - Corymbia terminalis, Hakea lorea, Hakea arborescens, Bauhinia cunninghamii (100%) Mid stratum - Carissa lanceolata, Atalaya hemiglauca, Vachellia farnesiana (100%) Ground stratum Dichanthium fecundum, Brachyachne convergens, Aristida sp. (100%) Indigofera sp., Streptoglossa odora, Chrysopogon fallax, Enneapogon sp. (100%) Land Evaluation Comments Well to Imperfectly drained Shallow to moderately deep soils Gentle slopes Negligible rock outcrop High erosion risk: Calcareous landscapes in some parts of the Ord-Victoria region have been severely degraded by gully and sheet erosion. Any disturbance should be treated with caution and require erosion and sediment control planning. Site records are limited; description is also based on field observations, notes and other information. Plains with intermixed red soils (Dermosols) and black clays (Vertosols). Landform General Description Level to gently undulating limestone plains; tussock grassland; shallow calcareous soils and cracking clays. Slopes 0 - 2% Parent material Calcareous material Surface Gravel < 10% Rock Outcrop 2 - 10% Drainage Well (Calcarosols) Imperfect (Vertosols) Runoff Moderately rapid 235235 of the Victoria River DistrictLAND RESOURCES 235 Plains Land Unit: 6d9 Lithology Group: Calcareous Sites: 1 Area: 19 km2 Landform Soil Vegetation Land Evaluation Comments Stratum Frequency of Dominant Species Frequency of other common species

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