Caliche



a surface deposit consisting of sand or clay impregnated with crystalline salts such as sodium nitrate or sodium chloride.
a zone of calcium carbonate or other carbonates in soils of semiarid regions.
Historical Examples

Dust of the Desert Robert Welles Ritchie
Dust of the Desert Robert Welles Ritchie
American Rural Highways T. R. Agg
Dust of the Desert Robert Welles Ritchie
Deserts A. S. Walker
Manures and the principles of manuring Charles Morton Aikman
Manures and the principles of manuring Charles Morton Aikman
Manures and the principles of manuring Charles Morton Aikman
Peru in the Guano Age Alexander James Duffield
Manures and the principles of manuring Charles Morton Aikman

noun
Also called calcrete. a bed of sand or clay in arid regions cemented by calcium carbonate, sodium chloride, and other soluble minerals
a surface layer of soil encrusted with calcium carbonate, occurring in arid regions Also called duricrust
n.
caliche
(kə-lē’chē)
See hardpan.

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