[ lat-er-uh-zey-shuh n ]
/ ˌlæt ər əˈzeɪ ʃən /

noun Geology.

the weathering process by which rock is changed to laterite.

Nearby words

  1. lateran palace,
  2. laterigrade,
  3. laterite,
  4. lateritic,
  5. lateritious,
  6. latero-,
  7. laterodeviation,
  8. lateroduction,
  9. lateroflexion,
  10. laterotorsion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for laterization


[ lăt′ə-rĭ-zāshən ]

The weathering process by which soils and rocks are depleted of soluble substances, such as silica-rich and alkaline components and enriched with insoluble substances, such as hydrated aluminum and iron oxides. Laterization is especially common in tropical regions that have a pronounced dry season and a water table that is close to the surface.
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