Some important facts on The Laterite Soils

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(a) Formed due to weathering of rocks and due to high temperature and heavy rainfall with alternating wet and dry periods.

(b) Found in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, summits of Eastern and Western Ghats.

(c) Main characteristics are:

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(i) This soil is acidic in nature and not capable of retaining moisture.

(ii) It is rich in iron and aluminium compounds but poor in lime and silica due to leaching.

(iii) With the use of manure, crops may be cultivated.

(d) Crops grown are: Cashewnuts, rubber, coffee and tapioca.

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