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Death Valley - Land Of Extremes
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Death Valley National Park is located in eastern California, along the Nevada border, about 200 miles northeast of Los Angeles, U.S.A.
It is a land of extremes: Hottest, driest, lowest. To the west, the Panamint Mountains reach an elevation of 11,049 feet at the summit of Telescope Peak, the highest spot in the park. On the opposite extreme, Badwater Basin, at 282 feet below sea level, is the lowest place in the western hemisphere. The floor of the valley receives less than two inches of rain per year, and clear blue skies without a cloud are normal all seasons of the year. Since the valley is secluded between high arid mountain ridges, it is well sheltered from any cool breezes, so the sun heats the valley floor and rocky walls to very high temperatures. During the summer months, temperatures of 130� F (50� C) are not uncommon. It seldom drops below 100 degrees even in the night.
Death Valley is a superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and 3 million acres of wilderness. Home to the Timbisha Shoshone people and to plants and animals unique to the harshest desert.
April 11th, 2011
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