Share this entry

Share this page

duricrust

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

Definition of duricrust in English:

noun

Geology
A hard mineral crust formed at or near the surface of soil in semiarid regions by the evaporation of groundwater.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Definition of duricrust in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pərt
adjective
lively; cheerful