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What does HW stand for?

HW stands for Highly Weathered (soil mechanics)

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Subsequent visitors to the Tassili have followed Lhote's practices, accelerating the denigration of the already highly weathered and delicate rock surfaces (FIGURE 1).
Regarding the latter, OTA notes that because the continent did not experience the glaciation that created robust soils elsewhere, African soils tend to be highly weathered, low in humus (important for providing nutrients and retaining moisture) and very susceptible to damaging environmental processes like erosion and mineral leaching.