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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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Limitations: Weeds; high erosion risk on steeper slopes, stream bank erosion on river side of unit; low waterholding capacity; frequent risk of isolation by floodwaters. Potential Land Use: These soils offer scope for spray irrigation of fruit and vegetable crops or pastures; normal erosion control measures must be considered even on moderately sloping areas. Land Category: 3. Land unit 8b. Occurrence: Banyan. Topography: Younger river levees with backslopes rarely in excess of 2%; up to 1 Km wide. Soils: Alluvial Red Earths (Katherine, Edith); deep_ Vegetation: Variable woodland frequently with E. papuana; mixed perennial and short annual grasses with frequent bare patches; more or less badly infested with weed species. Limitations: Weeds; slight erosion risk, with stream bank erosion; occasional flooding possible. Potential Land Use: Arable for crops or pastures and suitable for irrigation. Land Category: 1. Land unit 8c. Occurrence: Banyan, Kararnan. Topography: Low-lying areas behind the younger levees, older levees, or minor drainage floors within the younger levees; slopes generally very slight. Soils: Alluvial Red Earths (Belbowie, or poor drained phases of Katherine and Edith). Vegetation: Woodland (E. foelscheana, E. patellaris) with dense perennial grasses (Themeda). Limitations: Drainage impedance; flooding and possibly periods of inundation; levee drainage floors highly erodible. -39

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