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noun Geology.

a domelike rock structure that is formed beneath the earth's surface by the upward movement of a mass of salt, may reach thousands of feet in vertical extent, and is more or less circular in plan: often associated with oil and gas pools.

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Origin of salt dome

First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for salt dome

salt dome

salt plug


noun

a domelike structure of stratified rocks containing a central core of salt: formed by the upward movement of a salt deposit
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