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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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Vegetation: Low very open woodland with many dead trees; sparse perennial grasses and Brachyachne, frequent bare areas and gullies. Limitations: Very erodible; small, scattered areas. Potential Land Use: Rough grazing; possibly improvable. Land Category: 6. Land unit 3f. Occurrence: Kimbyan, in particular adjoining major river alluvials. Topography: Almost flat (less than 1%). Soils: Loamy Yellow Earths (Elliott), normally deep with slight internal drainage impedance. Vegetation: Woodland, rather taller than on 3d, otherwise similar with frequent occurrence of E. patellaris; dense perennial grasses usually dominated by Themeda, Sehima or Chrysopogon fallax. Limitations: Slow subsoil permeability causes poorer drainage than 3d. Potential Land Use: Arable, suitable for cash cropping although water tolerant varieties may be required, lower yields may be expected on locally waterlogged areas; some areas may be untrafficable during wet periods. Land Category: 2 with areas of minor 3 (imperfectly drained, erodible areas adjacent to Chinaman track linking Manbulloo airstrip with King River). Land unit 4al. Occurrence: Blain, Kimbyan and Wriggley. Topography: Long gentle slopes up to 2% and broad drainage floors; scattered rock outcrop or pavement, normally limestone. Soils: Usually deep Sandy Red Earths with firm surface horizons of sandy loam to sandy clay loam (001100 with some Killuppa). Vegetation: Low woodland to woodland with E. tetradonta and Terminalia grandiflora on Blain and Wriggley and as 3d on Kimbyan; perennial grasses. -18

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