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The land resources of Cobourg Peninsula



The land resources of Cobourg Peninsula

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by B. Wood and D. Sivertsen


Wood, B.; Sivertsen, D.; Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory


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Cobourg Peninsula


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This report describes a land system survey over the Cobourg Peninsula broadly describing landform, soils and vegetation to assist the effective planning and management of the area as a National Park.



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1. Introduction -- 2. Summary Descriptions -- 3. Land Systems -- 4. Soils -- 5. Vegetation -- Appendices -- Acknowledgements.




Land use -- Northern Territory -- Cobourg Peninsula; Vegetation mapping -- Northern Territory -- Cobourg Peninsula

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Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory

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iv, 80, [6] p. : col. ills. ; 30 cm.

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1.1 Th is 1 and reso urce National Park) was 1. INTRODUCTION investigation r~equested by of Cobourg Peninsula (Gurig the Planning Unit of the Conservation Commission. A resource inventory and outline of the various ecological units making up the Peninsula was required to aid in the effective planning for the management of the area as a National Park. This is the formal document resulting from that request. 1.2 Size and Location The Cobourg Peninsula cons~itutes the most northerly mainland area of the Northern Territory, lying to the north-west of the Arnhem L~nd Aborig inal Reserve. The area of th~ Park is approx i mately 2,207 km 2 including the intertidal zone. Apart from the park itself, the nearest major centres of population are Oenpelli (180 km from Black Point) and Jabiru J270 km from Black Point). Access by road is dependent on season, being sever~ly restricted duri~g the months of December through to June (i.e. the wet sea son) . Figure 1 shows the regional location of the park. 1.3 Approach to Happing Two approaches have been used to map and describe the re sources of Cobourg Peninsula. (i) A Land System approach to mapping has been used to describe the total land resources of the Peninsular. This approach has gained general acceptance as a method of making basic bio-ph)',sical inventories of large areas on a reconnaissance basis. It has proved most cost effective in situations where base ecological informa~ion is to be used to evaluate specific land use potentials, and would seem a logi~al choice of approach when the land use is National Park. Land in this case will be managed to maintain ecologi-: cal systems and not necessarily for optimum productive use. - 1

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