The Forest Practices Authority

Key to soils in granite and sediments derived from granite


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Vegetation

Profile Characteristics 

Soil name

Information source - see table below for abbreviations

Soils in Quaternary sediments derived from granite

scrub and sedgeland-heathland

texture-contrast soil with peaty topsoils overlying bleached coarse sand that in turn overlie grey clay.

Hurst

Soils Bulletin 1*
Soils Bulletin 2

open dry eucalypt forest          

uniform coarse sandy soil with many quartz gravels

Albion

F S Tas Soil 18.1

wet eucalypt forest

gradational soil with silty clay loam texture in upper layers overlying yellowish-brown clay in subsoil

Wombat

Soils Bulletin 2*

Soils in Tertiary sediments derived from granite

heathy dry eucalypt forest

texture-contrast soil with thick, strongly bleached coarse sandy A2 layer with many quartz gravels overlying humic/iron pans and clay

Duncraggen

F S Tas Soil 11.1
Soils Bulletin 1
Soils Bulletin 2

dry eucalypt forest

gradational soil with loamy texture in topsoil overlying yellowish-red clay loam and clay in subsoil

Lauderdale

F S Fact Sheet 23

Soils Bulletin 1*
Soils Bulletin 2*

dry eucalypt forest

texture-contrast soil with strongly bleached coarse sandy A2 overlying clay loam in subsoil

Tonganah

F S Fact Sheet 24

Soils Bulletin 2*

dry eucalypt forest

uniform coarse-sandy textured soil with strongly bleached coarse sandy A2 layer overlying thick, cemented pa

Tebrakunna

F S Fact Sheet 29

wet eucalypt forest

uniform coarse-sandy textured soil with strongly bleached A2 layer overlying thick, cemented pan

Cascade

F S Fact Sheet 17

Soils in in-situ granite or local colluvium

dry eucalypt forest

texture-contrast soil with strongly bleached coarse sandy A2 layer overlying clay subsoil

Jensen

F S Tas Soil 11.2
Soils Bulletin 2

dry eucalypt forest

Similar to Jensen, but no hardpan in A2 layer

Jensen variant

F S Fact Sheet 18

dry eucalypt forest

gradational soil with loamy texture in upper layers overlying yellowish-brown and brown clay in subsoil

Wurrawa

F S Fact Sheet 19

dry eucalypt forest at medium altitude

gradational soil with weakly bleached loamy coarse sand A2 layer overlying yellowish-brown coarse sandy loam

Rossarden

F S Fact Sheet 25

dry forest at low altitude

Thin organic layer and bleached sandy A2 horizon overlying mottled clayey subsoils with coarse blocky peds

Oxberry

F S Fact Sheet 28

wet eucalypt forest

gradational soil with dark grey loamy coarse sand texture in upper layers overlying black gravelly coarse sandy loam

Crystal

F S Fact Sheet 22

wet eucalypt forest

texture-contrast soil with weakly bleached loamy texture in A2 overlying brown clay loam hardpan

Trewalla

F S Fact Sheet 26

wet eucalypt forest

uniform soil with thin humic silt loam texture in topsoil overlying brown clay loam and loam

Panic

F S Fact Sheet 21

wet eucalypt forest

gradational soil with sandy loam texture in upper layers overlying red clay loam in subsoil

Hogarth

Soils Bulletin 2*

wet eucalypt forest

gradational soil with coarse sandy loam or coarse sandy clay loam texture in upper layers overlying yellowish-brown clay in subsoil

Stronach

F S Tas Soil 11.3
Soils Bulletin 2

F S Fact Sheet 34

wet eucalypt forest

texture-contrast soil with strongly bleached coarse-sandy texture in A2 layer overlying yellowish-brown sandy clay in subsoil

Paris/Dolcoath

F S Fact Sheet 20

Soils Bulletin 2

wet eucalypt forest

similar to Paris soil, but has a hardpan in lower A2 layer

Paris pan variant

Not available

wet eucalypt forest

gradational soil with coarse sandy loam texture in upper layers overlying yellowish-brown to brown coarse sandy clay in subsoil; all layers have weak strength

Cuckoo

Soils Bulletin 2
F S Tasmania 11.4

open wet eucalypt forest and mixed forest

gradational soil with coarse sandy loam texture in upper layers overlying brown coarse sandy clay loam with abundant gravels

Memory

Soils Bulletin 2

rainforest and scrub at high altitude 

gradational soil with humic loam texture in upper layers overlying coarse sandy clay loam and thin humic and iron pans in subsoil

Jessop

Soils Bulletin 2*

rainforest and scrub at high altitude

uniform soil with peaty loam texture in upper layers overlying dark yellowish-brown loam with very weak strength in subsoil

Jessop variant

contact FPA

 

(*= no laboratory analyses)

Abbreviations used for publications:

F S Tas

Grant, J.; Laffan, M.; Hill, R.; Neilsen, W. 1995. Forest Soils of Tasmania. Forestry Tasmania, Hobart. 189 p.

Soils Bulletin 1

Laffan, M.; Grant, J.; Hill, R. 1995. Soils of Tasmanian State Forests 1. Pipers Sheet. Soils Bulletin 1. Forestry Tasmania, Hobart. 271 p.

Soils Bulletin 2

Grant, J.; Laffan, M.; Hill, R. 1995. Soils of Tasmanian State Forests 2. Forester Sheet. Soils Bulletin 2. Forestry Tasmania, Hobart. 245 p.

Soils Bulletin 3

Hill, R.; Laffan, M.D.; Grant, J. 1995. Soils of Tasmanian State Forests 3. Forth Sheet. Soils Bulletin 3. Forestry Tasmania, Hobart. 317 p.

 

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