Dry lakebeds that may or may not become temporarily flooded by water.
Many playa surfaces consist of very fine-grained clastic sediment infused with salt.
Aerial view of playa

Aerial view of part of Death Valley salt pan, CA.

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Alvord Desert Alvord Desert and Steens Mountain Aerial view of playa, eastern Nevada
Deep Springs Lake evaporating lake Racetrack Playa


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