A flat area, typically lying between a desert and an ocean or salt lake, whose surface is characterized by efflorescences of salt, gypsum, and calcium carbonate as well as windblown sediments and often tidal deposits.
A flat area between a desert and an ocean, characterized by a crusty surface consisting of evaporite deposits (including salt, gypsum, and calcium carbonate), windblown sediments, and tidal deposits. Sabkhas form primarily through the evaporation of sea water that seeps upward from a shallow water table and through the drying of windblown sea spray.
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Origin of sabkha
- Arabic sabaḫa, sabḫa salt marsh, sabkha sabiḫa to rest šbḫ in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition