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Chott

Chott

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Djerid, Chott, salt lake, c.1,900 sq mi (4,920 sq km), W central Tunisia, N Africa. It is now an extensive salt flat with water only in its lower areas.
The term Chott (the spelling is French, it is pronounced, and sometimes spelled, shott; from Arabic šaṭṭ شط "bank, coast", from a root šṭṭ "exceed, deviate") is used to denominate dry (salt) lakes in the Saharan area of Africa that stay dry in the summer, but receive some water in the winter. This water may come as a groundwater discharge, for example from the Bas Saharan Basin.

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