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laterization

[lat-er-uh-zey-shuh n] /ˌlæt ər əˈzeɪ ʃən/
noun, Geology
1.
the weathering process by which rock is changed to laterite.
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laterization
  (lāt'ə-rĭ-zā'shən)   
The weathering process by which soils and rocks are depleted of soluble substances, such as silica-rich and alkaline components and enriched with insoluble substances, such as hydrated aluminum and iron oxides. Laterization is especially common in tropical regions that have a pronounced dry season and a water table that is close to the surface.
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