- 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
First recorded in 1485–95
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Examples from the Web for salt pan
Up jumped Nqong from his bath in the salt-pan and shouted, 'Yes, I will!'Just So Stories
To avoid the salt-pan, we turned to the right, so as to skirt its eastern side.Adventures in Africa
Anderson struggled to his feet wearily and then went down to the salt-pan.The Moving Finger
Then there is the fish-pond to make, and also a salt-pan to cut out of the rock.Masterman Ready
Captain Frederick Marryat
In every salt-pan in the country there is a spring of water on one side.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa
- A small, undrained, shallow depression in which water accumulates, evaporates, and deposits salt.
- A small lake of brackish water occupying such a depression.
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