Laterization definition

lătə-rĭ-zāshən
The weathering process by which soils and rocks are depleted of soluble substances, such as silica-rich and alkaline components and enriched with insoluble substances, such as hydrated aluminum and iron oxides. Laterization is especially common in tropical regions that have a pronounced dry season and a water table that is close to the surface.
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The process by which rock is converted into laterite.
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The process by which a laterite develops.
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Origin of laterization

  • later(ite) –ization

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition