Word Extreme – Death Valley National Park

Word Extreme – Death Valley National Park

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Death Valley National Park comprises more than 3.3 million acres of spectacular desert scenery, rare desert wildlife, complex geology, undisturbed wilderness and sites of historical interest. Death Valley is unique because it contains the lowest, hottest, driest location in North America. Telescope Peak, the highest peak in the Park and in the Panamint Mountains, rises 11,049 feet above sea level and lies only 15 miles from the lowest point in the United States in the Badwater Basin salt pan, 282 feet below sea level. The highest temperatures in the United States are regularly recorded here, as are winter snows and near-zero nighttime temperatures. Devil’s Golf Course is actually not a golf course at all, but rather an expansive salt field caused by evaporated bodies of water. One can actually see the crystallization process at work. Also do not miss Mushroom Rock, Zabriskie Point, Dante’s View and Harmony Borax Works.

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Ubehebe Crater

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Zabriskie Point

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Hexagonal salt formations at Badwater Basin

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Badwater Basin elevation sign and scener

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Joshua tree Harsh desert landscape

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Devil’s Golf Course

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Natural Bridge in Natural Bridge Canyon

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Dry Waterfall in Natural Bridge Canyon

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Sailing Stones at the Racetrack Playa

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Sailing Stones at the Racetrack Playa

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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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A twenty-mule team wagon

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McKellips Daughters’ Grave

credit: Mike Baird

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