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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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Land unit Sb. Occurrence: Claravale, Jindara and Woggaman. Topography: Crests and upper slopes, sometimes containing minor drainage lines; frequent laterite outcrop. Soils: Lateritic Podzolics (shallow Claravale). Vegetation: Woodland, dominated often exclusively by E. bleeseri with very poor Spinifex dominated pastures with much of the low shrub Petalostigma haplocladum. Limitations: Very shallow, gravelly and drought affected soils; subject to high amounts of sheetwash and very erodible if disturbed. Potential Land Use: Very poor rough grazing; unimprovable; useful source of gravel. Land Category: 7. Land unit Sc. Occurrence: Claravale and rarely Banyan. Topography: Either valley floors or lowlying seepage areas in sandy country; frequently abutt drainage lines or backplains. Soils: Siliceous Sands (Stray), alluvial Red Earths (Umbrawarra) and Yellow Podzolics (Douglas), the latter on flattest areas. Vegetation: Woodland to open woodland generally dominated by E. polycarp. E. bigalerita or E. grandifolia occur in less well drained situatIons. An understory of Petalostigma or Melaleuca viridiflora commonly occurs in these areas. A mixed grassland of Themeda, Aristida, Plectrachne and Chrysopogon fallax is also present. Limitations: Very wet and untrafficable in the wet season; highly erodible if disturbed. Potential Land Use: Very poor rough grazing, though may provide a green pick later in the dry season than most areas; may be improvable in parts but drainage floors should be treated as grassed waterways. Land Category: 6, and 7 in drainage floors. -26

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