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  1. past participle of underlie
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Little of New Brunswick is underlain by bedrock suitable for the formation of solution caves.
Much of this zone is underlain by permafrost and is the most southern Subarctic barrens in the world.
The soil of all stands was a readily erodible silty or sandy loam underlain by a reddish sand and clay.
Many vineyards are located on valley bottoms underlain by alluvium which can provide deep, free-draining soils of variable grain size.
The ground is underlain by permafrost, a layer of soil that remains frozen throughout the year and that may extend deep into the earth.
The interior of the basin is underlain by the Quaternary floodplain deposits and terraces associated with the Mae Ping River.

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