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Report on the land units of selected areas of Manbulloo Station, N.T., 1976



Report on the land units of selected areas of Manbulloo Station, N.T., 1976

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by C.R. Gibbs, M.R. Wells & H.R.M. van-Cuylenburg.


Gibbs, C. R.; Wells, M. R.; Australia. Dept. of the Northern Territory. Land Conservation Section; Van-Cuylenburg, H. R. M.


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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; Supplementary report to be used in conjunction with the Report on the land units of the Katherine-Douglas area, N.T., 1970, by J.M. Aldrick.


Date:1977; Bibliography: leaf 49.




Land use -- Northern Territory -- Manbulloo Station

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Land Conservation Section

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60 leaves : ill., maps ; 30 cm.

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4. DESCRIPTION OF LAND UNITS The land units described in this report are essentially the same as those described by Aldrick and Robinson (1972). Variability in vegetation and in a few cases soils from those described by Aldrick and Robinson is apparent in some areas. This has necessitated the use of some complex land units which possess a combination of soil, vegetation, or topographical attributes normally belonging to two separate units (as per Aldrick and Robinson). For example the designation 3d/3f would indicate that the land unit contains dominantly loamy red earth soils interspersed with some loamy yellow earths. Throughout this section the heading 'Occurrence' refers to the CSIRO land systems in which the land unit most commonly occurs. The term 'Land Category' refers to the subjective assessment of the agricultural capability of the unit. 1. HIGH LEVEL PLATEAUX Land unit lao Occurrence: Mainly Mullaman; some Yujullowan. Topography: Flat to gently sloping with marginal rocky slopes to 10%. Soils: Generally shallow Cockatoo and Lateritic Podzolics with frequent outcrop of laterite or sandstone. Vegetation: Open forest (E.* miniata, E. tetradonta, E. bleeseri); frequently dense understory shrubs; and Spinifex/annual Sorghum. Limitations: Rocky, shallow soils. Potential Land Use: Mainly inaccessible; very limited rough grazing; watershed protection. Land Category: 7. * Throughout this report E. refers to Eucalyptus species. -9

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