Regolith within the CYPLUS area in North Queensland consists both of 'in situ' weathered beardock and transported minerals.
This report focuses on areas within the CYPLUS region regarded as having moderate to high mineral potentional and is provided as a non technical document to assist land use planers and those lacking a background in earth sciences.
Prior to the execution of this project regional stakeholders and industry representatives expressed differing opinions concerining the development potential of other agricultural industries within the CYPLUS area.
Despite ongoing harsdhip and difficult working conditions there was a strong desire by cattlemen and their families to persevere wth the beef industry as independent produers free of government support and unnecessary regulations.
This project evaluated land degradationin terms of soil erosion and soil salinity. Soil erosion was examined by the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and the Australian Geological Survey Organisation with assistance from the Bureau of Resource Science.
The study area of this report covered some 143,000 square kilometre, and is remote and isolated from all Australian population cenrs. This area includes Cape York Peninsula from north of Cooktown and some selected areas of the Torres Strait Islands. The area had a small population of approximately 10,000 (1986)
Geospatial information gathered previously was assembled and analysed to create a single integrated digital geological map of the CYPLUS area derived from the appropriate previous 1:250,000 series maps however with amendments and new information incorporated whre possible.
There are many histories of the Cape York Peninsula and these may see the same events from differing perspectives.
The Airborne Geophysical Survey Project had compiled and upgraded four major regional data sets from Cape York including magnetic, gamma-ray, gravity, and height of ground above sea level.