parent material The original material from which the soil profile has developed through pedogenesis, usually to be found at the base of the profile as weathered but otherwise unaltered mineral or organic material.
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material , ma·te·ri·al / məˈti(ə)rēəl/ • n. 1. the matter from which a thing is or can be made: goats can eat more or less any plant material | materials such a… Hardpan , hardpan A hardened soil horizon, usually found in the middle or lower parts of the profile, which may be indurated (see induration) or cemented by a… Materialism , Materialism is a term with both metaphysical and social meanings. As a metaphysical position materialism regards matter (Latin materia) as the primar… Soil Horizon , soil horizon A relatively uniform soil layer which lies at any depth in the soil profile, which is parallel, or nearly so, with the soil surface, and… Profile , profile pro·file / ˈprōˌfīl/ • n. 1. an outline of something, esp. a person's face, as seen from one side: the man turned and she caught his profile.… Compost , Compost Compost is a finely divided, loose material consisting of decomposed organic matter. It is primarily used as a plant nutrient and soil condit…
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