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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: Open shrubland to low open woodland dominated by Terminalia platyptera, Terminalia pterocarpa or Lysiphyllum E. prunosa, and Acacia affin bidwillii are also common. Tall perennial grasses including affine Alloteropsis sp. Chrysopogon fallax, Aristida and Themeda are present. Limitations: Strongly gilgaied; very poorly drained; periodically subjected to shallow inundation. Potential Land Use: Limited dry-season rough grazing. Land Category: 7. 4. TRIBUTARY CREEKS, DRAINAGE FLOORS AND BACK PLAINS Land unit 7al Occurrence: Banyan, as drainage lines, may traverse many other land systems. Topography: Major river backplains or tributary drainage flats. Soils: Grey and Brown Clays (Banyan with some Cununurra and Coolibah) . Vegetation: Open woodland dominated by E. micro theca , E. patellaris and/or E. papuana, usually with dense Themeda and/or Chrysopogon fallax-grassland. Limitations: Poor drainage; inundated for long periods during the wet season; subject to occasional flooding; moderate to severe gilgai, usually alkaline subsoils; possibly saline. Potential Land Use: At present only rough grazing; pasture improvement given suitable pasture species may be practicable in the future; irrigated pastures may be possible but further study is required. Land Category: 6. Land unit 7a2. Occurrence: Banyan, as drainage lines, may traverse other land systems. Topography: Slightly elevated areas of major river backplains, and drainage floors in the lower reaches of some tributary creeks. Soils: Grey and Brown Clays (Coolibah with some Banyan). -33

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