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salt pan

noun
  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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  • Their right, at the termination of the drive, rested on Saltpan Siding.

    Two Years on Trek

    Louis Eugne du Moulin


British Dictionary definitions for saltpan

saltpan

noun
  1. a shallow basin, usually in a desert region, containing salt, gypsum, etc, that was deposited from an evaporated salt lake
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saltpan 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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