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A salt pan is a geological formation found in deserts. It is a flat expanse of ground covered with salt and other minerals, usually shining white under the sun. A dune in the Egyptian desert Desert in California In geography, a desert is a landscape form or region that receives little precipitation. ... The word ground has several meanings: The surface of the Earth Soil, a mixture of sand and organic material present on the surface of the Earth Ground (electricity), in electrical engineering, something that is connected to the Earth or at the voltage defined as zero (in the US, called ground... For other meanings of the word salt see table salt or salt (disambiguation). ... Minerals are natural compounds formed through geological processes. ... A Sun is the star at the centre of a solar system. ...

A salt pan is a place where water pools when it rains. A salt pan would be a lake or a pond if it was in a location in a climate where the rate of water evaporation wasn't faster than the rate of water precipitation, i.e., if it wasn't in a desert. If the water is unable to drain into the ground, it sits on the surface until it evaporates. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind whatever minerals were dissolved in it. Over thousands of years, the minerals (usually salts) accumulate until the surface is white with it. There are many salt pans in the south-western United States. You can see them from an airliner; from that height a salt pan can look like a frozen lake or a snowfield. A falling water droplet Water (from the Anglo-Saxon and Low German wæter) is a colourless, tasteless, and odourless substance that is essential to all known forms of life and is the most universal solvent. ... A lake is a body of water surrounded by land. ... A garden pond. ... In geography, location is a position or point in physical space expressed relative to the position of another point or thing. ... Evaporation is the process whereby atoms or molecules in a liquid state (or solid state if the substance sublimes) gain sufficient energy to enter the gaseous state. ... In meteorology, precipitation is any kind of water that falls from the sky as part of the weather. ... A year is the time between two recurrences of an event related to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ... The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America, the States, or (archaically) Columbia—is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii). ... An airliner of Air Jamaica, the Airbus A340 An airliner is a type of aircraft initially designed for the transport of paying passengers. ...

Salt pans can be dangerous. You should never attempt to cross a salt pan on foot or in a vehicle unless you know exactly what you are doing. The crust of salt can conceal a quagmire of mud that can engulf a truck. The Qattara Depression in the eastern Sahara desert contains many such traps; it was a strategic barrier during World War II. A quagmire (from quake + mire) is, literally, shaky, miry ground; as a political term used to describe a foreign military campaign in which there is either no foreseeable possibility of victory or the objectives are unclearly defined, and at the same time no clear exit strategy has been formulated in... Mud or MUD: A liquid or semi-liquid mixture of water and soil, or sediment, is commonly referred to as mud. ... The Qattara Depression (local: Munkhafad al-Qattarah) is a desert basin within the Libyan Desert of north-western Egypt. ... The Sahara is the worlds second largest desert (second to Antarctica), over 9,000,000 km² (3,500,000 mi²), located in northern Africa and is 2. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ...

The two best-known salt pans in the USA are probably the one where Burning Man Festival is held, and the Salt Lake Desert, a vast flat plain where many land speed records have been set. A large wooden sculpture of a man is burned, giving the festival its name Burning Man is a week-long festival with international draw, held annually on the week prior to and including Labor Day weekend in the United States. ... For alternate uses, see Speed (disambiguation). ...

The Etosha Pan in the Etosha National Park in Namibia is another prominent example of a salt pan. Satellite picture of the Etosha Pan Etosha National Park in Namibia was first established in 1907, when Namibia was a German colony known as South West Africa. ... The Republic of Namibia is a country in southwestern Africa, on the Atlantic coast. ...

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Salt (4048 words)
Salt was taxed by governments from the ancient Chinese and Romans to late medieval Burgundy, where salt was taxed at more than 100% as it came from the salt-works.
Salt can be obtained most simply by collecting it from natural evaporation pans, such as rock crevices along dry coastlines, or in salt pans in desert regions.
Salt was a state monopoly, the Salzmonopol, "the brightest jewel in the possession of the Hofkammer," and around 1700 provided about 10% of the total revenue of the state.
Geology - KS-Cyclopedia - 1912 (6183 words)
Rock salt is obtained by sinking a shaft to the salt and mining it much as coal is mined.
The other grade of salt is obtained by first drilling a hole, like an oil well hole, down to the rock salt and inserting a pipe which fits lightly into the well and extends down to the top of the salt.
In early days of occupation of the plains by white men, such salt marshes were visited by people for hundreds of miles around, the salt scooped up from the ground and hauled away by wagon loads.
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