One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shallow container or depression in the ground in which salt water evaporates to leave a deposit of salt.
- ‘The surface of Central Australia's Stuart Highway may be ribbon-smooth, but to each side of it are ancient red sand ridges and ochre salt pans.’
- ‘The lagoon was ideal for salt pans - shallow basins that could be opened to allow in the tide, then closed so the water could evaporate.’
- ‘The residents of Salt Island were right at the bottom of the social pile, subsistence fishing and working the salt pans while living barely out of slavery.’
- ‘The salt pans on which his wealth was based are now overgrown with thorny scrub; the channel that once linked lagoon to ocean choked by prickly pear and cactus.’
- ‘The same facilities have also been used to load salt from the solar salt pans at Price, about ten kilometres north of Ardrossan.’
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