Podzol meaning

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A leached soil formed mainly in cool, humid climates.
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A type of light-colored, relatively infertile soil, poor in lime and iron, found typically in coniferous forests in cool, humid regions.
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Soil that is characterized by an upper dark organic zone overlying a white to gray zone formed by leaching, overlying a reddish-orange zone formed by the deposition of iron oxide, alumina, and organic matter. Podzols form in coniferous areas or under heath in cool, humid climates.
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The typical soil of coniferous or boreal forests.
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Origin of podzol

  • Russian pod under ped- in Indo-European roots zola ashes ghel-2 in Indo-European roots

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

  • Russian, под (pod) "under" and зола (zola) "ash".

    From Wiktionary