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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. 2016.
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  • Their right, at the termination of the drive, rested on saltpan Siding.

    Two Years on Trek Louis Eugne du Moulin
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a shallow basin, usually in a desert region, containing salt, gypsum, etc, that was deposited from an evaporated salt lake
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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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