Definitions for calichekəˈli tʃi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ca•li•chekəˈli tʃi(n.)

  1. a surface deposit of sodium nitrate found in South American desert areas: formerly a major source of chemical fertilizer.

    Category: Geology

  2. a zone of calcium carbonate or other carbonates in soils of semiarid regions.

    Category: Geology

    Ref: Compare hardpan.

Origin of caliche:

1855–60; < Sp: flake of lime

Princeton's WordNet

  1. caliche, hardpan(noun)

    crust or layer of hard subsoil encrusted with calcium-carbonate occurring in arid or semiarid regions

  2. caliche(noun)

    nitrate-bearing rock or gravel of the sodium nitrate deposits of Chile and Peru

Wiktionary

  1. caliche(Noun)

    A crude form of sodium nitrate from South America; used as a fertilizer

  2. caliche(Noun)

    A layer of hard clay subsoil; hardpan

Freebase

  1. Caliche

    Caliche is a sedimentary rock, a hardened deposit of calcium carbonate. This calcium carbonate cements together other materials, including gravel, sand, clay, and silt. It is found in aridisol and mollisol soil orders. Caliche occurs worldwide, generally in arid or semiarid regions, including in central and western Australia, in the Kalahari Desert, in the High Plains of the western USA, in the Sonoran Desert, and in Eastern Saudi Arabia Al-Hasa. Caliche is also known as hardpan, calcrete, kankar, or duricrust. The term caliche is Spanish and is originally from the Latin calx, meaning lime. Caliche is generally light-colored, but can range from white to light pink to reddish-brown, depending on the impurities present. It is generally found on or near the surface, but it can be found in deeper subsoil deposits, as well. The layers can vary from a few inches to feet thick, and multiple layers can exist in a single location. In northern Chile and Peru, caliche also refers to mineral deposits that include nitrate salts. Caliche can also refer to various claylike deposits in Mexico and Colombia. In addition, it has been used to describe some forms of quartzite, bauxite, kaolinite, laterite, chalcedony, opal, and soda niter.

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