Publication Date

2005

Series Number

297

Abstract

Silcrete is a brittle, intensely indurated rock comprising primarily quartz grains cemented with siliceous allophane. It occurs at 1.5 to 7 metres deep and is often several metres thick and extremely hard, requiring excavation. This Report discusses the extent of silcrete layers in the north-eastern wheatbelt area of Western Australia, the effects of silcrete on water absorption by the soil, and the effects of this physical obstacle on the growth and expansion of oil mallee trees of the region.

Number of Pages

41

Keywords

Perenjori region (WA), Silcrete, Western Australia, Hydrology, Dalwallinu (WA), North eastern wheatbelt region (WA), Marchagee region (WA), Oil mallee, Soil physical properties, Goodlands region (WA), Drainage, Sandy soils, Groundwater, Coorow (WA)

Maps

Maps are not included as part of the complete document download. If this report contains a map, it will be available in the Individual Parts list below.

Files over 3MB may be slow to open. For best results, right-click and select "save as..."

Share

COinS