In North Africa, a chott (of the Arab chatt , “shore”) is a permanent salt water extent, with the changing shores, located in the semi-arid areas.
Geomorphologists limit it to the sometimes ennoyée part sometimes discovered around the lake, carrying some vegetation and belonging to a unit wider than they prefer to name Sebkha .
The chotts are fed in a discontinuous way at the time of the rare rains, and undergo a strong evaporation, which accumulates salts on the surface of the silts, sometimes exploited.
The Mer of Aral is also a chott, but the term is hardly employed in this case.
- Lake salted
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