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salt pan

  1. an undrained natural depression, as a crater or tectonic basin, in which the evaporation of water leaves a deposit of salt.
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Origin of salt pan

First recorded in 1485–95
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Examples from the Web for salt pan

Historical Examples

  • Up jumped Nqong from his bath in the salt-pan and shouted, 'Yes, I will!'

    Just So Stories

    Rudyard Kipling

  • To avoid the salt-pan, we turned to the right, so as to skirt its eastern side.

    Adventures in Africa

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Anderson struggled to his feet wearily and then went down to the salt-pan.

  • 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.

salt pan in Science

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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