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red earth

a clayey zonal soil of tropical savanna lands, formed by extensive chemical weathering, coloured by iron compounds, and less strongly leached than laterite
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  • It is usually a rather dark-coloured stone, or a soft, red earth.

  • Thus "Adam" signifies a man of, or taken out of, the red earth.

  • Adam means "red earth," from which the first man was formed.

  • Below Posadas the river leaves the region of hills and red earth.

    The Argentine Republic

    Pierre Denis
  • A Hebrew tradition says that it was of the red earth, which is the same idea.

    Tradition John Francis Arundell
  • With them came scents of the red earth and the grass, birch-tree and myrtle, from the moor.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • They are both faced with red earth and are of little elevation.

    The Columbia River William Denison Lyman
  • Was it red earth, or was it the blood of friend and foe that coloured the water?

    Through Shot and Flame J. D. Kestell.
  • The men paint or bedaub their faces and breasts with a kind of red earth.

    The Captive in Patagonia Benjamin Franklin Bourne
Contemporary definitions for red earth

a type of leached and claylike red soil containing oxidized iron and found in tropical areas


Further research to compare effects of conventional and zero tillage on red earth soil is planned at the Mulga View trial site.

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