1833Graham’s Town Jrnl 1 Aug. 1Good pasturage, a sufficiency of Water for the washing of the Sheep, and a Pan of the best Salt.
a1838A. SmithJrnl (1975) 147Seven waggons belonging to natives who had come for a supply of salt to a pan (salt-lake) in this neighbourhood.
1843J.C. ChaseCape of G.H. 63The most important natural substance..found in this country is salt, of which there are four natural pans.
1860J. Sanderson inJrnl of Royal Geog. Soc.XXX. 254Next day we..began our descent into the lower ground; passing numerous round or oval hollows called ‘pans.’
1873F. BoyleTo Cape for Diamonds 74I saw that peculiar phenomenon of the country, a ‘pan’...As the name imports, it is a circular depression in the level of the veldt, with earthy bottom and sides.
1883M.A. Carey-HobsonFarm in Karoo 103These ‘pans’ or lakes of salt are a curious feature in the physical geography of South Africa.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 362Pan,..A nearly circular depression, in which a saline incrustation generally remains after the water, which accumulates in it in the wet season, has either evaporated or been absorbed.
1926P.W. LaidlerTavern of Ocean 127In the old days the Company had a magazine for storing the salt gathered from the pan near by.
c1936S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 427There are 39 producing pans within the Union, employing a capital of nearly £250,000; output about 80,000 tons.
1945L.G. GreenWhere Men Still Dream 117There are thousands of pans scattered over the dry parts of South Africa. Wind action may have caused these shallow depressions; or possibly they were flattened by glaciers.
1952L.G. GreenLords of Last Frontier 44Ohopoho seems to have been selected as the seat of government because the huge pans there make natural aerodromes.
1961L.E. Van OnselenTrekboer 82The Bushmanlander distinguishes between the vlei and the pan. The vleis contain fresh water after rain. The pans, which are encrusted with layers of salt, soon contaminate the water and make it unfit to drink.
1970News/Check 24 July 31The Etosha region..is only 8,000 sq miles.., of which a quarter is barren pan.
1972Etosha Nat. Park (brochure) 1In good rain years large parts of the pan are under water. Then tens of thousands of aquatic birds make their appearance.
1984Flying Springbok Sept. 33Several dazzling white pans have formed here at the point where the river runs into the highest set of sand dunes in the world...The pan surfaces are usually ‘cobbled’ or cracked into flakes.
1988M. Spence inMotorist Nov. 4The animals are often concentrated around the waterholes, but large herds can also be seen on the plains and the shimmering white pans.
b.A shallow periodic lake formed, in a natural depression, by rain-water.Cf. vlei sense 1.
1871W.G. Atherstone inA.M.L. RobinsonSel. Articles from Cape Monthly Mag. (1978) 147A natural drainage flowing off by rivers, or, where obstructed by rock dykes or mounds, forming ‘pans’ and periodical lakes and ‘vleis’.
1930S.T. PlaatjeMhudi (1975) 136Passing a miniature lake — called a pan in South Africa — filled with the waters of the recent flood, Mhudi paused to admire a flock of wild ducks swimming gracefully on the still water.
1940V. PohlBushveld Adventures 245A large pan (a kind of small natural lake, usually dependent on rainfall).
1941A.G. BeeKalahari Camp Fires (1943) 18‘Pan’..is the South African name for a lagoon, shallow and silver with reeds about the shore.
1970Daily News 16 Oct. 1Fresh water pans in the floodplain are drying up.
1972E.N. MaraisRd to Waterberg 45Our own lake ’Ngami..has been transformed from a permanent lake into a ‘temporary’ pan.
1972Sunday Times 5 Nov. (Mag. Sect.) 5More than 40 sable walking with grace..across the turquoise-tinted pan to the still water to drink.
1987S. Afr. Holidays Guide (brochure) 3Of particular interest..are the shallow pans in which a wide variety of birds have made their homes.
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