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A salt lake is formed when water is not drained from a basin, and is allowed to evaporate. Any additional water inflow eventually evaporates, leaving dissolved salts behind, leading to an accumulation of salts and rising salt concentrations in the remaining waters. Eventually, a salt crust is formed. When a salt lake evaporates entirely, a salt flat remains. Famous examples of salt lakes are the Great Salt Lake in the US, and the Dead Sea.
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