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Vertosols (Australian Soil Classification) are clay soils that display shrinking and swelling during wetting and drying cycles. They exhibit strong cracking when dry and at depth have slickensides and/or lenticular peds.

Vertosols in the West Gippsland Region

    This overview map of Vertosols in the West Gippsland region has been developed from more detailed
    regional soil/landform mapping (Sargeant and Imhof, In press). It shows areas where Vertosols 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.

Photo: Site GP40 Soil Profile
Black Vertosol on the Jack River flats

    Vertosols are usually associated with floodplains in the Tarwin and La Trobe valleys. They can also occur in inter-dune swales in the Wonthaggi region.
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