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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: 6g7 Lithology Group: Sandstone Sites: 3 Area: 109 km Soil Common Soil Shallow Red and Brown Kandosols Common Soil Characteristics Surface texture class Clay Loamy Subsoil texture class Clayey Soil colour Red Surface soil gravels 0 - 5% Subsoils gravels 5 - 10% Soil depth 0.25 - 0.5m Field surface pH 5.5 - 6.5 Field subsoil pH 6.5 - 7.5 Other soils described Nil Vegetation Common vegetation community Low open woodlands (variable) No sites Pasture rating Eucalyptus tectifica low woodland 1 Poor Eucalyptus pruinosa mixed spp. low open woodland 1 Poor Other communities: Ventilago viminalis low open woodland Stratum Frequency of dominant species Other common species in decreasing frequency Upper stratum Eucalyptus tectifica (67%), Eucalyptus pruinosa, Ventilago viminalis (33%) Corymbia grandifolia, Erythrophleum chlorostachys, Corymbia terminalis, Atalaya hemiglauca (33%) Mid stratum - Atalaya hemiglauca, Corymbia grandifolia, Erythrophleum chlorostachys, Carissa lanceolata (33%) Ground stratum Chrysopogon fallax (100%), Sehima nervosum, Dichanthium fecundum, Themeda triandra (33%) Heteropogon contortus (67%), Aristida inaequiglumis, Cleome viscosa, Gossypium australe, Bonamia pannosa (33%) Land Evaluation Comments Well drained Shallow soils Gentle slopes No rock outcrop Moderate erosion risk: Any disturbance will require erosion and sediment control planning. Landform General Description Level to gently undulating sandstone plains; Eucalypt low open woodland; shallow red earths Slopes 0 - 3% Parent material Sandstone Surface Gravel 20 - 50% Rock Outcrop Nil Drainage Well Runoff Moderately rapid 272 of the Victoria River DistrictLAND RESOURCES 272 Plains Land Unit: 6g7 Lithology Group: Sandstone Sites: 3 Area: 109 km2 Landform Soil Vegetation Land Evaluation Comments Stratum Frequency of Dominant Species Other Common Species in Decreasing Frequency

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