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La Trobe (Lt)


Marine sediments deposited during the Ordovician, Silurian and Middle Devonian Periods (510 to 380 million years ago). Most of these sediments are sandstones, siltstones and claystones.

Map: Latrobe Map Unit
Map: La Trobe Valley

Rolling to steep hills.

Photo: Mountains in the La Trobe Valley
Part of the La Trobe mapping unit from the air.

Original Vegetation

Open forest. Eucalypt species include silvertop, messmate, red, white and silver leaf stringybark, ironbark, red box, longleaf box, narrow-leaf and broad-leaf peppermint.

Previous Maps and Reports

This map unit includes both the
Wonnangatta land system and the La Trobe Land System as described by Aldrick et al. (1992). These land systems were largely separated on the basis of rainfall, with the La Trobe land system generally receiving more than 1000 mm.


Most of the soils are on moderately steep slopes and have dark brownish grey very fine sandy to silty clay loam surface soils overlying, at about 15 cm, pale brown very fine sandy to silty clay loams. Mottled yellowish to reddish brown and light brownish grey light clays occur at about 30 cm, passing to medium clay at about 40 cm. Light clays may reappear with depth. The depth to rock varies, with shallower soils occurring on exposed, drier and steeper slopes. Decomposing rock generally occurs between 0.7 and 1.2 m. Fragments of decomposing rock may occur throughout the soil profile. The soils are most likely to be classified as Brown, Red or Yellow
Kurosols using the Australian Soil Classification, especially in higher rainfall areas.

Chemical and Physical Analysis

Only one soil profile has been described on this map unit. Soil pit
Site GP86 (a Red Kurosol) is located near Lake Glenmaggie and has very strongly acid surface horizons overlying a strongly acid and magnesic subsoil.

Land Use

Mostly forestry, small areas are used for grazing.
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