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standing on "BADWATER"

In mid March we decided, on the spur of the moment, to visit Death Valley National Park.....(only 226 miles or about 350 km away) this trip had been on my list of places to see for a few years.....so the next few weeks I will share with you some of the images I captured ....(photo taken by my wife).....information below is from Wikipedea.........

 

Badwater Basin is an endorheic basin in Death Valley (within Death Valley National Park), Inyo County, California, noted as the lowest point in North America, with an elevation of minus 282 ft (86 meters) below sea level. Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous 48 states, is only 76 miles to the west.

 

The site itself consists of a small spring-fed pool of "bad water" next to the road; the accumulated salts of the surrounding basin make it undrinkable, thus giving it the name. The pool does have animal and plant life, including pickleweed, aquatic insects, Death Valley pupfish and the Badwater snail.

 

Adjacent to the pool, where water is not always present at the surface, repeated freeze–thaw and evaporation cycles gradually push the thin salt crust into hexagonal honeycomb shapes (see last image).

 

The salt flats are hazardous to traverse. In many cases being only a thin white crust over mud. The lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere, but that is actually Laguna del Carbón in Argentina at −344 feet (105 meters).

  

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Taken on March 12, 2010