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Mareotis (mârēōˈtĭs) [key] or Maryut märˈyōt, salt lake, c.95 sq mi (250 sq km) excluding marshes, N Egypt, in the Nile delta. It is separated from the Mediterranean Sea by the narrow isthmus on which Alexandria is situated. There are fisheries and saltworks on the lakeshore.

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