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Location: Bairnsdale East

Australian Soil Classification: Eutrophic, Subnatric, Grey SODOSOL

Map Unit: Stratford/riverine/Perry complex
Previous Site Name: EG260

General Landscape Description: Gently undulating plain.
Site Description: Almost level, within a broad drainage depression
Land Use: Grazing
Native Vegetation: Grassy woodland
Geology: Pleistocene alluvial sediments

Soil Profile Morphology:

Surface Soil
A1 0 – 15 cm Very dark to dark greyish brown; fine sandy loam to silty loam; clear change to:
Soils and lanforms of the Bairnsdale Dargo region - a guide to the major agricultural soils of East Gippsland 2011 - Stratford EG260 profile


15 – 20/30 cm

Light brownish grey;
fine sandy loam; abrupt wavy change to:



15/20 – 110 cm

Dark greyish brown;
medium clay; common (10 – 20%) cobbles (<200 mm); diffuse change to:


110 – 150 cm

Light brownish grey and yellow brown
mottles; medium clay.

Key Profile Features:
  • Strong texture contrast between the surface (A) and subsoil (B) horizons
  • The colours of the upper part of the B horizon are much darker than normal for the Stratford map unit. This is most likely due to its low position in the landscape. It is likely the upper 110 cm of the profile represents a later alluvial deposit. Nevertheless the soil textures accord with those of the Stratford map unit.

Profile Described By: Ian Sargeant (2011).
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