Xerert

Xerert

[′zir‚ərt]
(geology)
A suborder of the soil order Vertisol, formed in a Mediterranean climate; wide surface cracks open and close once a year.
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The native soils of Greece are limited in variety: largely Entisols (Fluvents, Orthents, Psamments), Inceptisols (Xerepts, Andepts, Anthrepts), Alfisols (Xeralfs), Mollisols (Xerolls), Vertisols (Xererts) and Andisols (Food and Agriculture Organization 1981).
These soft sediments of ancient Thessaly, Elis and Messenia weathered to grassland (Xerolls) and cracking-clay soils (Xererts), and remain the principal agricultural resource of Greece.
The dominant suborders of Vertisols are Aquerts, Cryerts, Torrerts, Uderts, Usterts, and Xererts (Table 3-5).