salt flat

noun
an extensive level tract coated with salt deposits left by evaporation of rising ground water or a temporary body of surface water.
Compare alkali flat.


Origin:
1870–75

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salt flat
 
n
a flat expanse of salt left by the total evaporation of a body of water

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salt flat

a playa, or dried-out desert lake, especially one containing high concentrations of precipitated dry, glistening salts. The term is generally limited to flats in the western United States, the most famous being the Bonneville Salt Flats (q.v.) west of Salt Lake City, where automobile speed records are set

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Of the lowland canids, poverty foxes were found in the harshest terrain, making a living primarily on the salt flat playa.
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