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pla·ya

 (plī′ə)
n.
A nearly level area at the bottom of an undrained desert basin, sometimes temporarily covered with water.

[Spanish, from Late Latin plagia, hillside, shoreline, probably from Greek, sides, from neuter pl. of plagios, oblique, sideways; see plagio-.]

playa

(ˈplɑːjə; Spanish ˈplaja)
n
(Physical Geography) (in the US) a temporary lake, or its dry often salty bed, in a desert basin
[Spanish: shore, from Late Latin plagia, from Greek plagios slanting, from plagos side; compare French plage beach]

pla•ya

(ˈplaɪ ə)

n., pl. -yas.
the flat, central floor of a desert basin with interior drainage.
[1850–55; < Sp: shore < Late Latin plagia; see plage]

pla·ya

(plī′ə)
A dry lake bed at the bottom of a desert basin, sometimes temporarily covered with water. Playas have no vegetation and are among the flattest geographical features in the world.

playa

A Spanish word meaning shore, used to mean a flat area at the bottom of a desert basin.
Translations

playa

n (Geol) → Playa f, → Salztonebene f
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Site E-06-1, where excavation began in 2006, is located on the eastern shore of the Early Holocene Nabta Playa lake (Figures 2 & 3).
Lake Wyara is a saline playa lake in a complex of lakes and wetlands in Currawinya National Park (Fig.
We then paired each colony with the nearest possible non-colony site at a playa lake given the same conditions and constraints as those used for colonies.
Although the earlier project and this one have the same goals, the two are unrelated and are in two separate playa lake systems.
The landing site was located on an alluvial fan at the foot of a mountain range and less than a kilometer from the shoreline of a playa lake.
We used the measuring tool in ArcView to measure distance between edge of each active colony and edge of the nearest playa lake.
Santa Fe Lake is a playa lake, located approximately one mile south of the BNSF railroad yard in Clovis, New Mexico.
When CV sample tubes were collected from the playa lake they were placed on ice.
The objectives of this paper are to report 1) the presence of invertebrate herbivory in a playa lake, 2) a new geographic record for a species of Chrysomelidae, 3) differences between sexes in the quantity of herbivory by a species of Chrysomelidae in playa lakes, and 4) to discuss the potential of this species as a biological control for a plant species in playa lakes.
These facilities will use natural salt resources and drainage water of inland basins, similar to the playa lake basins of the Southern High Plains.
These playa lakes contain brines enriched in salts such as potassium salts.