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Salt Pan at Devil's Golf Course

The salt pan at Devil's Golf Course near the center of Death Valley is not as low as the salt pan at Badwater Basin and less often subjected to the leveling effect of temporary flooding. The rough, blocky structure here develops when the mud beneath the surface layer of salt dries, contracts and cracks. New deposition within the cracks pushes the polygonal blocks of salt upward and outward, eventually producing this sculpted jumble. The salt is primarily sodium chloride but also contains carbonates, sufates and borates of sodium and calcium. Death Valley National Park. Inyo Co., Calif.

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Taken on March 14, 2012