Laterite soil is found in which of these regions?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

(A) Western and Eastern Ghats

(B) The Peninsular Plateau

(C) Central Highlands

(D) Deccan Plateau

Laterite soil is found in the Western and Eastern Ghats. The Western and Eastern Ghats are where you may mostly find laterite soil. Particularly in the states of Assam, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Tamil Nadu. This soil is abundant in iron oxide and potash but deficient in calcium, phosphate, and nitrogen.

Laterite Soil in India 

The soil is ideal for growing products like coconut, tea, coffee, areca nuts, rubber, and others and offers essential building materials. We have mentioned a few points related to Laterite Soil.

  • It makes up around 3.7% of the nation’s total area.
  • Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and the hilly parts of Assam and Odisha all have laterite soils.
  • While organic matter, nitrogen, phosphate, and calcium are in short supply in laterite soil, iron oxide and potash are in plentiful supply.
  • Seasonal rainfall distinguishes these as typical monsoon soils. Laterite soil is produced when soils rich in iron oxide and aluminum are washed away by rain together with lime and silica.
  • Despite having low fertility, they do well with fertilizers and manures.
  • In southern India, laterite soil is used to make bricks because it hardens quickly and permanently when exposed to air.
  • Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh have the best red laterite soil for the growth of tree crops like cashew nuts.


Laterite soil is found in which of these regions? (A) Western and Eastern Ghats (B) The Peninsular Plateau (C) Central Highlands (D) Deccan Plateau

Both the Western and the Eastern Ghats have laterite soil. Especially in the states of Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Odisha. So, according to the available options, western and Eastern Ghats is the correct answer.

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