An area of flat, dried-up land, especially a desert basin from which water evaporates quickly.
- This landscape of jagged mountains, desert playas, and massive canyons has yielded woolly-mammoth skeletons and still bears the wagon ruts and axle-grease graffiti of the pioneers.
- The little-known magnificent wildlands of Nevada are typified in this remote wilderness of rugged canyons and broad desert playas.
- Many streams in the world's arid and semiarid regions run only intermittently and empty into broad, undrained basins known as playas, where they deposit their sediment and dissolved minerals.
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