Endorheic lake (sink)

An endorheic lake, or sink lake, is a collection of water within an endorheic basin, or sink, with no visible outlet.[1] Endorheic lakes are generally saline as a result of being unable to get rid of solutes left in the lake by evaporation.[2] These lakes can be used as indicators of anthropogenic change, such as irrigation or climate change, in the areas surrounding them.

List of endorheic lakes

See also

  • Sinkhole  Depression or hole in the ground caused by collapse of the surface into an existing void space


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