Origin of loessGerman löss, arbitrary use of dialect, dialectal lösch, loose from base of lösen, to loosen: for Indo-European base see lose
The definition of loess is a very rich loam of silt or clay that is deposited by the wind.
A example of loess is the clay and loam rich soil of Russia.
a fine-grained, yellowish-brown, extremely fertile loam deposited mainly by the wind and found widely in North America, Asia, and Europe
A buff to gray windblown deposit of fine-grained, calcareous silt or clay.
Origin of loessGerman Löss from German dialectal Lösch from lösch loose ; see leu- in Indo-European roots.
A very fine grained silt or clay, thought to have formed as the result of grinding by glaciers and to have been deposited by the wind. Most loess is believed to have originated during the Pleistocene Epoch from areas of land covered by glaciers and from desert surfaces.
- The loess was created by the drifting of fine sand and dust.
- The loess covers both the watersheds and the valleys.
- The soil of Russia depends chiefly on the distribution of the boulder-clay and loess.
- The loess soil, chiefly a mixture of porous clay and carbonate of lime, forms the bluffs that border the bottom lands of the Missouri.
- This wide-spreading loess area was formed partly of wind-blown sand and partly of detritus from the mountains.