Distribution and classification of Indian red soils and laterites

Raychaudhuri, S.P.

Bulletin of the National Institute of Sciences of India 3: 101-110


Accession: 018758600

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Laterites, lateritic soils, and red soils are widely distributed in India. Primary laterite caps Deccan trap rock summits and plateau areas at elevations above 2,000 feet; secondary laterites occur at lower levels, and have a massive homogenous grain and uniform composition. Red loams are argillaceous, have a cloddy structure, few concretions, and are immature. Red earths are loose, friable, rich in secondary concretions, and are in a mature stage of weathering.