noun Petrography.
soft, disintegrated, usually more or less decomposed rock remaining in its original place.

1890–95; sapro- + -lite

saprolitic [sap-ruh-lit-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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saprolite (ˈsæprəʊlɪt)
a deposit of earth, clay, silt, etc, formed by decomposition of rocks that has remained in its original site

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saprolite   (sāp'rə-līt')  Pronunciation Key 
Soft, thoroughly decomposed and porous rock, often rich in clay, formed by the in-place chemical weathering of igneous, metamorphic, or sedimentary rocks. Saprolite is especially common in humid and tropical climates. It is usually reddish brown or grayish white and contains those structures (such as cross-stratification) that were present in the original rock from which it formed.
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Example sentences
Quartz abundances and grain sizes are relatively constant with depth in a thick
The saprolite is typical of that developed on the unit.
The bedrock aquifer is semi-confined, with the unfractured bedrock and
  saprolite acting as confining units.
Physically weathered saprolite adds material to the bottom of the profile.
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