dry lake

noun
a tract of land in a desert region over which a shallow lake is formed during the rainy season or after prolonged heavy rains.
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In a dry lake bed adjacent to the dunes, they found dozens of fishhooks and harpoons carved from animal bone.
Today the dry lake bed is the largest single source of particulate matter air pollution in the nation.
We froze our buns off at the edge of the dry lake bed in the cold desert morning waiting for the big event.
The newer inner crater ejecta has none of the dry lake bed, scaled look to it.
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