saprolite
noun Date: 1894 disintegrated rock that lies in its original place

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • saprolite — [sap′rə līt΄] n. [ SAPRO + LITE] Geol. completely decomposed rock lying in its original site saprolitic [sap΄rəlit′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Saprolite — A represents soil; B represents laterite, a regolith; C represents saprolite, a less weathered regolith; beneath C is bedrock Saprolite is a chemically weathered rock. Saprolites form in the lower zones of soil profiles and represent deep… …   Wikipedia

  • Saprolite — Un profil latéritique: transition depuis le bas: la roche mère (un gneiss), un saprolite meuble vers une fine latérite indurée marron, le tout sous un sol latéritique (Inde). Un saprolite (du grec ancien sapros ou σαπρος, décomposé) est une roche …   Wikipédia en Français

  • saprolite —    Soft, friable, isovolumetrically weathered bedrock that retains the fabric and structure of the parent rock (Colman and Dethier, 1986) and exhibiting extensive inter crystal and intra crystal weathering. In pedology, saprolite was formerly… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • saprolite — saprolitic /sap reuh lit ik/, adj. /sap reuh luyt /, n. Petrog. soft, disintegrated, usually more or less decomposed rock remaining in its original place. [1890 95; SAPRO + LITE] * * * …   Universalium

  • saprolite — Synonyms and related words: aa, abyssal rock, basalt, bedrock, block lava, brash, breccia, conglomerate, crag, druid stone, festooned pahoehoe, gneiss, granite, igneous rock, lava, limestone, living rock, magma, mantlerock, metamorphic rock,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • saprolite — sap·ro·lite …   English syllables

  • saprolite — /ˈsæprəlaɪt/ (say sapruhluyt) noun soft, disintegrated, usually more or less decomposed rock, remaining in its original place …   Australian English dictionary

  • saprolite — noun a deposit of clay and disintegrating rock that is found in its original place • Hypernyms: ↑earth, ↑ground …   Useful english dictionary

  • Saprolithe — Saprolite Un profil latéritique: transition depuis le bas: la roche mère (un gneiss), un saprolite meuble vers une fine latérite indurée marron, le tout sous un sol latéritique (Inde). Un saprolite (du grec ancien sapros ou σαπρος, décomposé) est …   Wikipédia en Français

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