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Hydrosols (Australian Soil Classification) cover a wide range of soils that are seasonally or permanently saturated, for at least 2-3 months in most years. They commonly occur in swamps and lower-lying depressions in the region. Soils in valley floors across the region may also be Hydrosols. These tend to be Dermosolic in nature, in that apart from their seasonal saturation, fulfil the requirements of a Dermosol. Some small occurrences of Saline Hydrosols occur on parts of the Bellarine Peninsula.

Hydrosols in the Corangamite Region

This broad scale map presents an overview and should only be used as a general indication of the distribution of Hydrosols in the Corangamite Region. It shows areas where Hydrosols are most likely to occur within the region. Note that other soil types may also occur within these mapped areas.

This map has been developed from work undertaken by Robinson et al. (2003) as part of the Corangamite Land Resource Assessment project. This work utilised existing surveys, remote sensing information and additional field-work to develop an updated 1:100 000 scale soil/landform coverage across the region.

Soils are difficult to map at this broad scale because of their diversity. Even in relatively small areas, a number of soils may occur which relate to differences in topography and landscape position. Variation in some of the major soil profile properties can also occur within these mapped areas. Any agricultural enterprise should be based on a proper on-site assessment of the soil and landscape.

A number of soil surveys have been completed in this region at varying scales and intensity. However, in some areas very little soil survey has taken place. See the
Soil and Land Survey Directory for details.

Photo: Hydrosol
Dermosolic Hydrosol
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