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Wharekohe soils

Wharekohe soils

The Wharekohe podzol soils of Northland’s gumlands were formed under kauri forest from clays and sandstones over a long period of time. They have a deep layer of organic matter, including tree roots, overlaying a white, quartz-dominated, bleached horizon that has been leached of almost all clays and nutrients. Below this are darker layers of clay. Drainage is necessary to establish pasture.

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Reference: Les Molloy, Soils in the New Zealand landscape: the living mantle. Wellington: Mallinson Rendel, 1988, plate 5.17
Photograph by Quentin Christie

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Allan Gillingham, 'Soils and regional land use - Northland', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Allan Gillingham, published 24 Nov 2008