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A soil of semiarid and arid regions that is rich in calcium carbonate and lime.

ped′o·cal′ic adj.
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(Physical Geography) a type of zonal soil that is rich in lime and characteristic of relatively dry areas. Compare pedalfer
[from pedo-2 + cal(cium)]
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Pedo-climatic criteria were also introduced by Marbut (1935) to subdivide soils of the USA into Pedalfers (soils with leaching soil water regime) and Pedocals (soils with non-leaching soil water regimes).