alluvial soil alluvial soil

Definition(s):

  • (n) a fine-grained fertile soil deposited by water flowing over flood plains or in river beds

Usage(s):

  1. Left to its own devices, a flooding river spreads horizontally, filling its natural floodplain and enriching it with fertile, alluvial soil.
  2. The rich alluvial soil, deposited when the gorged rivers were allowed to burst their banks and leave behind their silt, stretches flat and monotonous, the streams muddy and sluggish.
  3. The new land is on top of a mountain, so it will not be nearly so good for farming as the rich alluvial soil they till now by the river's edge.

News

  • Creole tomato myths vs. facts: There is not just one type of 'Creole'

    Creole tomatoes are not a particular cultivar. When the farmers in St. Bernard and Plaquemines called their tomatoes Creole, it meant they were grown in the rich alluvial soil of the area and vine ripened because they did not have to be transported long distances to market. This gave them a rich flavor.
    on March 20, 2014     Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

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