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salt pan

an undrained natural depression, as a crater or tectonic basin, in which the evaporation of water leaves a deposit of salt.
Origin of salt pan
1485-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for salt pan
  • The vast crusted salt pan is scored with symmetrical polygonal cracks.
  • Track muddy footprints across a rain-drenched salt pan to find a lone wildebeest that joins a herd of zebras.
  • Also called a playa, sink, or salt pan environment: noun: conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.
salt pan in Science
salt pan  
  1. A small, undrained, shallow depression in which water accumulates, evaporates, and deposits salt.

  2. A small lake of brackish water occupying such a depression.

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