15. Pans, Playas and Salt Lakes

  1. David S. G. Thomas
  1. Paul A. Shaw1 and
  2. Rob G. Bryant2

Published Online: 13 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470710777.ch15

Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition

Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition

How to Cite

Shaw, P. A. and Bryant, R. G. (2011) Pans, Playas and Salt Lakes, in Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition (ed D. S. G. Thomas), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470710777.ch15

Editor Information

  1. School of Geography and Environment, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Faculty of Science and Agriculture, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

  2. 2

    Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 25 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470519080

Online ISBN: 9780470710777

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Keywords:

  • pans, playas and salt lakes;
  • playas and pans, important to human populations - prehistoric to present day, sources of water and minerals;
  • pans and playas, in hot dryland environments - Africa, Australia, Arabia and in western USA;
  • complex linkages of factors - favouring pan and playa initiation and development by erosion;
  • deflation, originator - or contributor in pan development;
  • idealised diagram of depositional subenvironments - in closed arid zone playa basins;
  • pan hydrology and hydrochemistry - deposition on basin floor and basin margins;
  • aeolian processes - in pan environments;
  • pans and playas - as palaeoenvironmental indicators;
  • dating and stratigraphy of lunette dunes - landform studies, pans and stratigraphy of lunette dunes

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The nature and occurrence of pans, playas and salt lakes

  • Pan hydrology and hydrochemistry

  • Influences of pan hydrology and hydrochemistry on surface morphology

  • Aeolian processes in pan environments

  • Pans and playas as palaeoenvironmental indicators

  • References