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Definition of caliche

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Definition as written by Sugar_fl:

A crude sodium nitrate occurring naturally in Chile, Peru, and the southwest United States, used as fertilizer.

Definition as written by Terry:

Caliche is a layer of soil in which the particles are "cemented" together by lime. A layer of caliche can be anywhere from a few inches to several feet thick. Similar to hardpan it creates drainage problems and roots cannot penetrate it.

Definition as written by dstartz:

This is used as the bedrock in most Texas roadways. It is also used as driveway material in South Texas.

Definition as written by Magpye:

A soil condition found in some areas of the arid Southwest, or as the result of synthetic fertilizers, caliche is a deposit of calcium carbonate (lime) beneath the soil surface. This condition is more commonly called \'hardpan\' and creates an impervious layer in lower levels of soil.

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