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caliche

[kə′lē·chē]
(geology)
Conglomerate of gravel, rock, soil, or alluvium cemented with sodium salts in Chilean and Peruvian nitrate deposits; contains sodium nitrate, potassium nitrate, sodium iodate, sodium chloride, sodium sulfate, and sodium borate.
A thin layer of clayey soil capping auriferous veins (Peruvian usage).
Whitish clay in the selvage of veins (Chilean usage).
A recently discovered mineral vein.
A secondary accumulation of opaque, reddish brown to buff or white calcareous material occurring in layers on or near the surface of stony soils in arid and semiarid regions of the southwestern United States; called hardpan, calcareous duricrust, and kanker in different geographic regions. Also known as calcareous crust; croute calcaire; nari; sabach; tepetate.
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caliche

Gravel, sand, or desert debris cemented by porous calcium carbonate or other salts.
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En 1819, los hermanos Pascual y Francisco Flores, comerciantes con residencia de Iquique, fueron acusados de contrabandear caliche a Chile durante la vigencia del bloqueo, logrando forjar una riqueza importante.
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For example, their use constitutes an opportunity to practice the so-called formalisms like greetings, introduction, cordial dialogue, and explanation of the procedure to patients and their families: First, the greeting: good morning, the introduction: what is your name?, confirm my name, I am going to administer this medication, it is good for ...; that type of attention and contact with the patient is quite important, because even if it takes one hour to be cared for (Caliche: E7P10PAR30-34); ...
We see anything from hard rock, caliche, sandstone, sand or dirt.
There were eight animals stirring on the caliche plain, the dust caused by their slight movements between clumps of short grass, creating an intermittent fog about their hooves.
Clooney and Gerber, who are said to be working with a master distiller ever since to create the ultimate blend, at first decided that the tequila will be just for them and their friends, but after the success of the former model's Caliche Rum, they decided to launch it.
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