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Site: GL175Land Unit: Ararat Schists
Aust. Soil Class.: Bleached-Mottled, Eutrophic, Brown CHROMOSOL (Confidence level 1)

Soil pit GL175 landscapeGeneral Land Unit Description:
This land unit forms the hills of metamorphic schists. The soils tend to be quite shallow, often around 60 cm in depth. There can be a bleached A2 horizon. In some cases, particularly on the steeper slopes and crests, there can be many quartz coarse fragments, usually above the clay subsoil. The most common landform is undulating rises, which this soil type represents. The soil becomes shallower and banded rock outcrops become more apparent the steeper the land. The capability of the low hills and hills land units are limited due to the slope, rock outcrops and shallow soils, as well as the susceptibility to water erosion. The gently undulating plains generally form the lower slopes of the rises and have a better capability for land use options due to a more favourable landscape and generally deeper soils.

Site Description:

Slope: 16%Geology: Cambrian schists
Landform pattern: Undulating risesPosition in landscape: Lower slope
Internal drainage: Moderately well drained

Soil Profile Morphology

A10-30 cmDark brown (10YR3/3) sandy loam, weak angular blocky structure (20-50 mm), very firm consistence when dry pH 5.9. Abrupt transition to:Soil pit GL175 profile
A230-45 cmYellowish brown (10YR5/6) sandy loam, conspicuously bleached (10YR8/2) when dry, massive structure, firm to very firm consistence when dry, many large angular quartz coarse fragments (10-50 mm), pH 6.5. Clear but wavy transition to:
B245-60 cmYellowish brown (10YR5/6) medium heavy clay, many distinct red (2.5YR4/8) mottles, strong prismatic (50-100 mm) to strong angular blocky structure (20-50 mm), very firm consistence when dry, pH 7.0. Transition to:
C60-120 cmWeathered rock.

Key profile features:

  • Strong texture contrast between topsoil and subsoil
  • Shallow soil
  • Many coarse fragments in A2 horizon
  • Bleached A2 horizon
  • Mottled subsoil
  • A2 horizon dispersive when dry
Soil pit GL175 graphs
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