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Location: Heathmere

Australian Soil Classification: Ferric, ?, Brown CHROMOSOL (confidence level 4).
General Landscape Description: Undulating rises
Site Description: Crest
Land Unit: Gorae Basalt
Geology: Quaternary basalt

General Land Unit Description: This land unit has a variety of soil types occurring over a short distance. Ferrosols and Black Chromosols are found is association with the more dominant Ferric Brown Chromosols. The Brown Chromosols have been used to represent this area as they are deemed to be the major soil type, and due to restrictions of scale the other soil types have not been mapped as individual units. It must be noted however, that the better drained soils (Red Ferrosols / Dermosols) have a higher capability of supporting a range of land uses (e.g. viticulture) due to their favourable physical and chemical properties.

Soil pit GL57 auger

Key profile features:

  • Ferromanganiferous horizon
  • Strong texture contrast between topsoil and subsoil
  • Kaolinite at depth

Profile Described By: Natalie Baxter and Grant Boyle, 4th October 2000.
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