salt pan


Definition of salt pan

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Along with mangroves, salt pans hold the seawater from entering Mumbai. Nikhil S Dixit, Quartz India, "Mumbai’s ecologically important salt pans may soon be opened up for real estate," 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, "No, a genetic study didn’t pinpoint the ancestral homeland of all humans," 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, "Bloodhound aims to be world’s fastest car in South Africa," 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, "Lush Okavango Delta Pinpointed as Ancestral Homeland of All Living Humans," 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, "The world’s fastest ant clocks record speed of 108 times its own body length," 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, "Botswana & Victoria Falls High School Expedition," 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, "A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life," 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, "Peru Family Journey: Machu Picchu to the Amazon," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of salt pan

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Salt pan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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