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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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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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Plains Land Unit: 6f9 Lithology Group: Ferruginous Sites: 7 Area: 75 km Soil Common Soil Leptic Tenosols and Rudosols Common Soil Characteristics Surface texture class Sandy Subsoil texture class Loamy Soil colour Red Surface soil gravels < 5% Subsoils gravels < 5% Soil depth 0.25 - 0.5m Field surface pH 6.5 - 7.5 Field subsoil pH 6.5 - 7.5 Other soils described Shallow Red and Brown Kandosols Vegetation Common vegetation community Low woodlands No sites Pasture rating Macropteranthes kekwickii, Acacia shirleyi low woodland 2 Poor Acacia shirleyi low woodland or Macropteranthes kekwickii low woodland 2 (1 of each) Poor Other communities: Eucalyptus brevifolia, Acacia shirleyi low open woodland, Macropteranthes kekwickii, Acacia shirleyi low open forest, Sorghum stipoideum mid tussock grassland Stratum Frequency of dominant species Other common species in decreasing frequency Upper stratum Acacia shirleyi, Macropteranthes kekwickii (71%), Eucalyptus brevifolia (29%) Gyrocarpus americanus (29%), Ventilago viminalis, Diospyros cordifolia (14%) Mid stratum Acacia shirleyi (71%), Macropteranthes kekwickii (29%) Carissa lanceolata, Acacia tumida (29%), Eucalyptus brevifolia, Diospyros cordifolia (14%) Ground stratum Sorghum stipoideum (43%), Chrysopogon fallax (29%), Sorghum plumosum, Eriachne obtusa (14%) Enneapogon polyphyllus, Aristida holathera, Aristida hygrometrica, Aristida pruinosa, Cleome viscosa (29%), Dichanthium fecundum (14%) Land Evaluation Comments Well drained Shallow soils Gentle slopes Negligible rock outcrop Sensitive habitat Moderate erosion risk: Any disturbance will require erosion and sediment control planning Acacia shirleyi communities are particularly fire sensitive Landform General Description Level to gently undulating lateritic plains; Macropteranthes kekwickii, Acacia shirleyi low woodland; shallow soils Slopes 1 - 3% Parent material Ferruginous material Surface Gravel < 20% Rock Outcrop < 2% Drainage Well Runoff Moderately rapid 255255 of the Victoria River DistrictLAND RESOURCES 255 Plains Land Unit: 6f9 Lithology Group: Ferruginous Sites: 7 Area: 75 km2 Landform Soil Vegetation Land Evaluation Comments Stratum Frequency of Dominant Species Other Common Species in Decreasing Frequency

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