salt dome


: a domical anticline in sedimentary rock that has a mass of rock salt as its core

Examples of salt dome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Officially, county officials don't know at this point what caused the Tuesday collapse of one of a trio of salt domes at the Waukesha County Highway Operations center along Woodburn Road just east of Grandview Boulevard in Waukesha. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 25 Jan. 2024 Sinkholes tend to be common in regions where soluble rocks, including salt domes and limestone, can be dissolved by groundwater, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Juan A. Lozano, Chron, 13 Apr. 2023 The sustained oil drilling along the salt dome over decades could have contributed to creating the sinkhole, Howe said. Juan A. Lozano, Chron, 13 Apr. 2023 Daisetta sits on a salt dome, a natural formation created below the ground over millions of years where oil brine and natural gas accumulate. Juan A. Lozano, Chron, 13 Apr. 2023 With a population of fewer than 1,000, Daisetta is built entirely on a salt dome. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 13 Apr. 2023 The mountain will be reimagined as a salt dome, like one Imagineers visited on Louisiana's Avery Island during one of their many research trips for Tiana's Bayou Adventure. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2023 The team amassed over 7,765 images and 1,154 samples of the area’s rocks, crystals, and salt domes, then used the information alongside other datasets to teach their program to understand and detect areas featuring small biosignatures. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 6 Mar. 2023 The mountain structure will be turned into a salt dome in the Bayou Adventure. Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel, 21 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of salt dome was in 1908

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“Salt dome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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