Encyclopedia of Soil Science

2008 Edition
| Editors: Ward Chesworth


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-3995-9_488

A Gallego or Portugese word for a drowned coastal inlet found particularly in northwestern Spain and the southwestern coast of Ireland, differing from a fiord by showing no evidence of glaciation. In Spain the Rias Altas along the Biscay coast are distinguished from the Rias Bajas on the Atlantic south of Santiago de Compostela. The dominant soil types here, and also along rias in California, Australia, New Zealand and elswhere, are Fluvisols. In some cases they are sulfidic.

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