salt flat


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Teresa, who went to prison in the United States at the end of last season, travels across Latin America in the latest installment, finding herself at Peru’s Machu Picchu; Bolivia’s sprawling salt flat, Salar de Uyuni; and Santa Marta in Colombia. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2022 Even at the dry salt flat that was formerly Owens Lake, conservation efforts have slowly revived the bird habitat. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Oct. 2022 Likes: yoga, swimming, the Salar de Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia, Radiohead, the National Museum of Ireland. Riza Cruz, ELLE, 6 Sep. 2022 Bolivia spent about $900 million on a factory and other infrastructure to extract lithium from the windswept Uyuni salt flat in Potosi, Bolivia’s poorest state and where the Spanish Empire once pillaged for silver. Ryan Dube, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 In Rio Grande, a town on the edge of the salt flat, residents expected lithium to bring jobs and modernity. Ryan Dube, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 On the beginner-friendly side of the spectrum are activities that require no special gear or skills, like digging for crystals on a salt flat in Oklahoma. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, 7 Dec. 2020 Then, a small fertilizer company called SQM in Chile’s Salar de Atacama salt flat borrowed a form of lithium extraction first pioneered in Nevada. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Apr. 2022 Internet sleuths like Himbotomy found Smith’s internet footprint in multiple obscure subcultures online, such as Zoobombing, salt flat racing, and amateur radio. Kaila Yu, Rolling Stone, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of salt flat was in 1816

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“Salt flat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

salt flat


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

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