salt pan

noun
an undrained natural depression, as a crater or tectonic basin, in which the evaporation of water leaves a deposit of salt.

Origin:
1485–95

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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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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.
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