They are formed in the same way as the lateritic iron ores of Cuba, and from the same sort of rocks (pp. 171-173).
Bauxite and lateritic iron ores, for instance, are known to favor tropical climates.
lateritic or highly aluminous clays, of a highly refractory character, but low plasticity.
A red, porous, claylike soil formed by the leaching of silica-rich components and enrichment of aluminum and iron hydroxides. They are especially common in humid climates. Laterites that are poor in iron oxides and rich in aluminum oxides are called bauxites. Also called latosol. See more at bauxite.