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/ˈsæbxə; -kə/
a flat coastal plain with a salt crust, common in Arabia
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic
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  • It overtook them in soil known as "sabkha," signifying low-lying clay mixed with salt, churned by wet into greasy, sticky mud.

    The Life of Mohammad Etienne Dinet
sabkha in Science
A flat area between a desert and an ocean, characterized by a crusty surface consisting of evaporite deposits (including salt, gypsum, and calcium carbonate), windblown sediments, and tidal deposits. Sabkhas form primarily through the evaporation of sea water that seeps upward from a shallow water table and through the drying of windblown sea spray.
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