Sricity - Geography & Climate - Soils


The soils of the area can be broadly classified as

  • Latosolic developed on the coastal Laterite
  • Yellow Podzolic soils formed on the sandy sheet of alluvium and
  • The transition located at the contact of Laterite and Alluvium is Podozolic – Latosolic soil.

Latosols: Soils formed due to lateralization are called as ‘Latosols’ or ‘Latosolic soils’. This will have local accumulation of ‘iron’ and ‘alumina’ pockets. In fact, it is the iron rich pockets that contribute to the building material. This becomes hard and compact on exposure to drying. A thin regolith forms on the laterite. Latosols with the characteristic red color are seen on the laterite in the area under study. This covers nearly 30% of the area.

Yellow Pedozolic (Podsol) soils: These are developed on the sandy parent material, as noticed on the eastern part of the area under report. As the name indicates, the color of the soil is yellowish. This occupies nearly 40% of the area.

Pedozolic – Latsolic soils: This is the transition between the Latosols and Pedozolic soil. It is mostly observed in the vicinity of the contact between the laterite and the alluvium. This accounts to 30% coverage.

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