Surficial meaning

sər-fĭsh'əl
Of, relating to, or occurring on or near the surface of the earth.
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Of or having to do with the surface of the earth, surface deposits, etc.
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Of or pertaining to the surface of something.

When the soil swells on wetting, the former surficial material is mixed with the subsoil.

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Origin of surficial

  • surf(ace) (superf)icial
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition