Australian Soil Classification by Raymond Isbell

By Raymond Isbell

The Australian Soil class presents a framework for setting up wisdom approximately Australian soils. It offers a method of conversation between scientists and land managers.

It comes in handy for these keen on environmental experiences and for lecturers of soil technological know-how. because its booklet in 1996, the Australian Soil type has been extensively followed and officially counseled because the legitimate state process. It has confirmed to be of specific worth in land source survey and examine courses.

This revised version comprises a few major alterations to the Tenosol soil order and those will considerably enhance the application of the approach in southern and western components of the continent.

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Is brown. Brown [AB] ••• The dominant colour class . . . . . . . . . . . . . is yellow. Yellow [AC] ••• The dominant colour class . . . . . . . . . . . . . . is grey. Grey [AD] ••• The dominant colour class . . . . . . . . . . . . . . is black. Black [AE] Great Groups It is thought that the great group classes listed below will be appropriate for each colour suborder. Red and Brown are by far the most common colour classes. Of the great groups listed below, the Calcareous and Magnesic classes are relatively uncommon.

Humose-Acidic [GY] • Other soils with a humose horizon. Humose [CK] • Soils with a melacic horizon. Melacic [DG] • Soils with a melanic horizon and the major part of the B2 horizon is mottled. Melanic-Mottled [DM] • Soils with a melanic horizon and the major part of the B2 horizon is strongly acid. Melanic-Acidic [FV] • Other soils with a melanic horizon. • Soils with a ferric horizon within the solum and a B2 horizon in which the major part is strongly acid. Ferric-Acidic [GW] • Other soils with a ferric horizon within the solum.

The Duric and Pedaric soils are virtually confined to the arid zone, the former being common in Western Australia and the latter in western Queensland and New South Wales, and in South Australia. Subgroups It is thought that the following subgroups will cater for most situations, although obviously some will not be relevant for particular great groups. • Soils with a humose horizon and the major part of the B2 horizon is mottled. Humose-Mottled [CM] • Soils with a humose horizon and the major part of the B2 horizon is strongly acid.

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