playa

Lake bed found in arid or desert regions in the lowest part of an enclosed valley whose drainage is centripetal or inward. The lake is usually dry, except after heavy rainstorms, when it may be covered by a thin sheet of water which quickly disappears through evaporation and/or infiltration.

 

Source:

UNESCO/WMO International Glossary of Hydrology (2nd revised ed., 1992)

Posted on February 22, 2014 .