Definition of duricrust in English:


Syllabification: dur·i·crust
Pronunciation: /ˈd(y)o͝oriˌkrəst


  • A hard mineral crust formed at or near the surface of soil in semiarid regions by the evaporation of groundwater.
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    • A resistant rock cap such as a hard sandstone or a duricrust is one possibility.
    • The Molopo River was sampled by first removing the duricrust and then sampling the underlying sediments.
    • Due to the scarceness of datable sediments saprolites and duricrusts were widely used as defining features.


1920s: from Latin durus 'hard' + crust.

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