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.
The process by which rock is converted into laterite.
The process by which a laterite develops.
Origin of laterization
- later(ite) –ization
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition