Definition of calcrete in English:

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calcrete

Pronunciation: /ˈkalkriːt/

noun

[mass noun] Geology
A breccia or conglomerate cemented together by calcareous material, formed in soils in semi-arid conditions. Also called caliche.
Example sentences
  • The formation is composed of red siltstones, containing discontinuous calcrete horizons, channelized sandstones and thin beds of current-rippled fine sandstone.
  • Brown, grey and yellow siltstone with abundant calcrete nodules and rare small gypsum crystals occurs intercalated with lenticular units of matrix-supported pebbly conglomerate.
  • This calcrete can be three meters thick and looks like a breccia.

Origin

Early 20th century: from calc- + a shortened form of concrete.

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