red clay

noun Geology.
a brown to red, widely distributed deep-sea deposit consisting chiefly of microscopic particles and tinted red by iron oxides and manganese.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English

red-clay, adjective
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Example sentences
In sediment cores the period shows up as a layer of red clay sandwiched between
  two white layers of calcium carbonate.
Visitors come to snorkel its kelp forests, scale its peaks and bike its red
  clay trails.
She slid through the red clay and, lunging, poked yet another volley winner.
The gable and hip roofs had overhanging eaves and were typically sheathed with
  red clay tile.
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