salt flat


: a salt-encrusted flat area resulting from evaporation of a former body of water

Examples of salt flat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than 30 companies are officially seeking permission to mine the water in the two salt flats. Megan Janetsky, Victor R. Caivano and Rodrigo Abd, Quartz, 13 Mar. 2024 Thanks to floodwater from recent storms, there is currently a large, shallow lake over the usual salt flat of Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park in California—also the driest place in North America. Jenna Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 24 Feb. 2024 Although water sports are a definite rarity for the hottest place on Earth, Park Ranger Abby Wines recently launched a small, inflatable kayak on the waters that now cover the salt flats of Badwater Basin. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2024 In a rare opportunity, Death Valley’s Badwater Basin — normally a salt flat — has enough water for kayaking, park officials say. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, 21 Feb. 2024 The famously bone-dry salt flats at the bottom of Death Valley National Park in California aren't the first spot where most experienced kayakers would expect to paddle out. USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2024 When one beach isn’t enough, take the bike path seven miles along the San Diego bay, past the salt flats, to Coronado. Karen Ruffini, Travel + Leisure, 5 Mar. 2023 In its place were vast salt flats that shone in the sun and crunched underfoot. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2024 Stretching for 200 miles, the salt flats have since become a popular spot for tourists drawn also by the scenic surrounding towering mountains surrounding them. USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of salt flat was in 1816

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“Salt flat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

salt flat

: an area of land covered with a crust of salt left by evaporation of water

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