salt pan


Definition of salt pan

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

Examples of salt pan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along with mangroves, salt pans hold the seawater from entering Mumbai. Nikhil S Dixit, Quartz India, 15 Oct. 2019 This place is a dry landscape dotted with salt pans that hint at a former wetland paradise. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 1 Nov. 2019 Powered by a Rolls-Royce EJ200, the same jet engine used in the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet, the car hurtles so fast across the salt pan track that a twin parachute is needed to bring it to a halt. Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2019 Much of that place is now a dry salt pan—and inhabited by modern Khoisan people, sometimes called Bushmen. Richard Conniff, Scientific American, 28 Oct. 2019 Being able to move across the sand quickly is key to their survival—and anyone who has walked or run on a beach knows that the granular nature of sand can slow down movement and expend more energy than walking or running on, say, a dry salt pan. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Oct. 2019 Trip Highlights Work alongside researchers at Elephants for Africa to document herd behavior in the salt pans of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. National Geographic, 17 June 2019 The same thing happened when Esteban took samples from Andalusia’s salt pans, those hypersaline remnants of ancient seas in what is now southern Spain. Carrie Arnold, WIRED, 21 Apr. 2019 In the afternoon, opt to relax at our hotel or visit the Inca ruins of Moray and the salt pans of Maras. National Geographic, 12 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'salt pan.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of salt pan

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About salt pan

Time Traveler for salt pan

Time Traveler

The first known use of salt pan was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near salt pan

salt out

salt pan


See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for salt pan

Cite this Entry

“Salt pan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on salt pan Encyclopedia article about salt pan


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!