from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dark soil that develops under grass on limestone and chalk.
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- n. A dark soil that sometimes develops under grass on limestone and chalk.
There is little surface running water within the reserve as it usually filters fairly rapidly through the shallow rendzina and 'saskab' (granular whitish and brittle limestone) soils, and the limestone rock to subterranean channels.
Most of the higher mountain areas are composed of limestone and gypsum, covered with free-draining thin rendzina lithosols that retain little moisture outside the rainy seasons.