salt lake

noun

: a landlocked body of water that has become salty through evaporation

Examples of salt lake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Found naturally in seawater, salt lake brines, crustal rocks, and deposits, magnesium makes up 13 percent of Earth’s mass and is the eighth most abundant element in the planet’s crust. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 18 Mar. 2024 These two impacts could make water saltier—so, in Western Australia, scientists are expecting to see more pink lakes, says Angus Lawrie, a salt lake ecology specialist at Murdoch University, to Lauren Smith and Anthony Pancia of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Dec. 2023 Within the oasis are a cluster of psychedelic blue salt lakes, natural springs, date palm plantations and olive trees. Gisela Williams Anthony Cotsifas, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2023 Seawater is gathered from the ocean and brine is a highly concentrated salt water that may naturally occur underground or in salt lakes. USA TODAY, 13 Aug. 2023 Up to 40,000 James’s flamingos — roughly half of the species’ entire population — can gather around this shallow salt lake on Bolivia’s Altiplano, also called the Andean Plateau. Mark Johanson, Travel + Leisure, 29 July 2023 The rest is extracted from salt lakes or salt flats. Joe McDonald, oregonlive, 28 June 2023 The rest is extracted from salt lakes or from salt flats called salars in Chile and Bolivia. Joe McDonald, Chicago Tribune, 28 June 2023 The salt lake’s re-emergence could ultimately cause more air pollution and be a setback to a yearslong project in which the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has spent billions of dollars. Evan Bush, NBC News, 6 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1763, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of salt lake was in 1763

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“Salt lake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salt%20lake. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

salt lake

noun
: a lake that has become salty through evaporation
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