duricrust

noun
du·​ri·​crust | \ˈd(y)u̇rəˌkrəst\

Definition of duricrust 

: a hard crust formed at or near the surface of the ground as a result of the upward migration and evaporation of mineral-bearing ground water — compare caliche

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History and Etymology for duricrust

Latin durus hard + English -i- + crust

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