The land resources of Cobourg Peninsula
by B. Wood and D. Sivertsen
Wood, B.; Sivertsen, D.; Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory
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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.
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
Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory
iv, 80,  p. : col. ills. ; 30 cm.
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The acceptable levels of ecological change resulting from dev~lopment will probably be smaller than other forms of land use, hence an understanding of the relationship .between various tracts of land will be particularly important. Land units are the smal}e~t ecological entity described in land system mapping (i.e. areas of la~d with relatively uniform l.andform, soil sand yegetation). The pattern of recurring, related land units, as observed by stereoscopic interpretat~on of high level aerial photographs makes up the 1 and system. (ii) The Peninsular has also been mapped into vegetation communit i es to satisfy the speci ~ic need s . of park managers (for exa~ple in fire management). The mapped vegetation communit ies, again delineated by stereosc~pic interpretation of 1:50,000 photos, tend to ~e uniform, particularly with re s pect to ~he: upper stratum. S?me except i~n s to th i s rul e do occur e.g. Community No: 3. However, mapping discrete communities at this scale relies very heavily on the extrapo 1 at ion of information from sampl ed areas into unsampled areas based soley on similarity of photopattern. The authors feel that the various systems, units and communities described in this report are a logical breakdown of land in the park, and should represent a reasonable oguide to the terrestrial ecological variation found within its boundary. It must be remembered that one can subdivide the natural environ ment ad infinitum into discrete entities, so the degree of separation will be depende~t on the scale of data presentation and the outlook of the survey team. - 2
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