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vertisol

[vur-tuh-sawl, -sol] /ˈvɜr təˌsɔl, -ˌsɒl/
noun
1.
a clay-rich soil in which deep cracks form during the dry season.
Compare black land.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; verti(cal) + -sol
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  • Playa lakes are unique, closed freshwater systems with vertisol clay floors.
  • Known as vertisol, it's a product of volcanic activity and possesses the nutrients to produce enormous harvests.

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