salt pan

noun

Definition of salt pan 

: an undrained natural depression in which water gathers and leaves a deposit of salt on evaporation

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Once upon a time, before the skyscrapers and stock market, Hong Kong was just a collection of fishing villages and salt pans. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018 On the other, sweeping views take in the trees, fields, Ria Formosa park, the Atlantic, and some of the Algarve’s salt pans, basins designed for sea-salt production using a method of saltwater evaporation dating to the Phoenicians. New York Times, "House Hunting in … Portugal," 6 June 2018 Central Botswana is at its best in Africa’s summer, when the region’s desert and salt pans turn to grassland, drawing parades of animals. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Your First Safari Should Be in Botswana," 25 Apr. 2018 From then on, the record-breakers had to take to vast beaches at low tide; then inaccessible salt pans; then the remotest deserts; just to reach a number. A-LIST, "The Quest to be Quick," 24 Dec. 2017 The beach is also used for salt panning by Hawaiians, who in summer harvest a pinkish-colored sea salt from the shallows. Timbers Kauai, The Seattle Times, "Discover Kauai’s hidden gems," 18 Sep. 2017 When Steve took over, there were just three salt pans here. Nick Paumgarten, Bon Appetit, "The History of Maldon Salt, the Stuff You Already Put on Everything," 31 Mar. 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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