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Kurosols have a strong texture contrast between loamy surface (A) horizons and clayey subsurface (B) horizons. The subsoils are strongly acid (i.e. pH 5.4 or lower). Kurosols can be separated on the basis of the colour of the upper 20 cm of the subsoil into Red, Brown, Yellow, Grey and Black groups. Further separation is largely made on the basis of additional soil chemical properties.

Kurosols in the West Gippsland Region

    This overview map of Kurosols in the West Gippsland region has been developed from more detailed regional soil/landform mapping (Sargeant and Imhof, In press). It shows areas where Kurosols are most likely to occur within the region and should only be used as a general indication of their distribution. Note that other soil types may also occur within these mapped areas. Also, some areas (e.g. forested areas in the north of the region) have been largely unsurveyed and the distribution of soil types here is not well known.

Photo: Soil Site SG11 Profile
Brown Kurosol near Fish Creek.

    Kurosols generally occur in higher rainfall parts of the region and have largely developed on Palaeozoic sediments with some on the Cretaceous and Tertiary sediments.
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