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Monaro soils and geology laid bare

Monaro soils and geology laid bare

Local Land Services is hosting a soil and geology field trip on Friday 24 May, featuring guest speakers Dr. Leah Moore from the University of Canberra and Peter Fogarty from the Soil Knowledge Network, and are encouraging members of the Monaro community keen to learn more about their local area to come along.

“The Monaro landscape is quite unique and its geology has been influenced by multiple and widespread occurrences of faulting, folding, eruptions and weathering over a time frame ranging from 23 to 480 million years ago to give us the landscape we have today” said Dr Moore.

Geology is a complex field and it can be difficult to fully appreciate the time and scale of structures and events, but the aim of the day is to explain things in a fun and easy way to understand.

“The feedback from the previous tours has been fantastic with participants all commenting about how much they enjoyed learning about our local geology and how it has influenced the soils we now manage across the Monaro” said Jo Powells, Local Land Services Senior Agriculture Advisor for the Monaro.

The Monaro has a wide range of geologies and knowing how the landscape has evolved can help explain the often large variations in soil characteristics even within one paddock.

“Each soil type derived from these geologies has limitations and strengths. Understanding these can help us to maximise agricultural production where possible and provide insights into how we can protect our soil resources for the future.”

The 2019 tour will cover the geology and soils of the region between Cooma and Adaminaby and will feature local geological highlights including the Wambrook Hill geology and soil formation, Adaminaby’s numerous fault lines and geology, how the geology has influenced local soil pH, nutrients and salinity, the unique “lit-par-lit” formation at Middlingbank and of course, the Monaro volcanic basalts.

Participants will be able to get to know and appreciate the local district in new ways and learn what factors have influenced local soil development over time.

This tour is part of the South East Soils program delivered through the Better Land Management Practices project, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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Media contact: Jo Powells, South East Local Land Services, 0429 785 986