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Tenosols (Australian Soil Classification) are characterised by weakly developed soil profiles, which are often shallow.

Tenosols in the West Gippsland Region

    This overview map of Tenosols in the West Gippsland region has been developed from more detailed regional soil/landform mapping (Sargeant and Imhof, In press). It shows areas where Tenosols 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 is not well known.

Photo: Site GP52 Profile
Shallow Tenosol in Strzelecki's near Bass Hill.

    The main Tenosol group recognised in the West Gippsland region are Orthic Tenosols. These soils are of minor occurrence in the region and can be found on the steeper and drier north to north-westerly facing slopes of the Strzelecki ranges. These soils may merge into Kandosols as the clay content can be slightly higher than specified as the upper limit for Tenosols (i.e. 15%). Tenosols can also occur in hilly granitic terrain, and on sandplains (in association with Podosols).
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