caliche

Definition of caliche

ca`li´che   Pronunciation: kå`lē´chė
n.1.a deposit of sand or clay on the surface containing crystallized salts such as sodium chloride or sodium nitrate; - used especially of the sodium nitrate deposits of Chile and Peru.
2.a stratum of calcium carbonate in the soil of an arid or semiarid region.

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dirt, hardpan, soil
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