a soil rich in carbonates, especially those of lime.
Origin of pedocal
1925–30; pedo-2 + -cal < Latin calc- (stem of calx) lime
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Word Origin for pedocal
from pedo- ² + cal (cium)
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Soil that is characterized by an abundance of calcium carbonate and calcium oxide. Pedocals are common in arid or semiarid regions where the rate of evaporation is greater than the rate of leaching. They are deposited in the A horizon of ABC soils.
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