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Group of hard crystalline minerals that consist of aluminum silicates of sodium or calcium or barium.


Flat and swampy land, usually low in altitude and similar to a bog or marsh.


Application of mainly mineral compounds, in order to increase soil fertility. In some cases, (e.g. liming) the purpose of fertilization is also to improve specific soil properties (pH, stability of soil structure).

Field capacity

Field capacity has been defined as the soil moisture state when, 48 hours after saturation or heavy rain, all downward movement of water has ceased. It is the water content retained at low suctions (5-33kPa) depending on soil type, and is the upper limit of plant available water.

Fine texture

(i) A broad group of textures consisting of, or containing, large quantities of fine fractions, particularly silt and clay. Includes sandy clay, silty clay, and clay texture classes. (ii) When used in reference to family particle-size classes in U.S. and FAO soil taxonomy, is specifically defined as having 35 to 60 percent clay. See also soil texture.

Fluvioglacial deposits

Material moved from the margins of glaciers and subsequently sorted and deposited by streams flowing from the melting ice.

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