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shott

[shot] /ʃɒt/
noun
1.
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shott

/ʃɒt/
noun
1.
a shallow temporary salt lake or marsh in the North African desert
2.
the hollow in which it lies
Word Origin
C19: via French chott from Arabic shatt
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shott in Science
shott or chott
  (shŏt)   
A shallow lake or marsh with brackish or saline water, especially in northern Africa. Shotts are dry during the summer, at which time they are also characterized by salt deposits and a lack of vegetation.
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Encyclopedia Article for shott

sabkha

(Arabic), saline flat or salt-crusted depression, commonly found along the coasts of North Africa and Saudi Arabia. Sabkhahs are generally bordered by sand dunes and have soft, poorly cemented but impermeable floors, due to periodic flooding and evaporation. Concentration of seawater and capillary discharge of groundwater result in deposits of gypsum, calcite, and aragonite. Most sabkhahs are thought to have once been small sea inlets and are akin to basins in which evaporites formed in the geological past.

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