Zabriskie Point Sunrise - Death Valley National Park
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Zabriskie Point is a part of the Amargosa Range located east of Death Valley in Death Valley National Park, California, known for its erosional landscape. It is composed of sediments from the Furnace Creek Lake which dried up nearly five million years prior to Death Valley's existence. This point was named after Christian Zabriskie who was vice-president and general manager of the then Pacific Coast Borax Company back in the early 20th century. The company's famous twenty mule teams were the power needed to transport borax from the mining operation located in Death Valley. Death Valley is an area of contrasts, colors and shapes, not to be missed by visitors, hikers, campers and photographers of all levels. A short hike up to Zabriskie Point will awaken the senses at dawn to be sure. Manly Beacon, the large outcropping on the right, is part of the lava cap (or darker areas) and is much higher than other portions of these badlands. The common explanation is it was named in honor of William Manly who was one of the people who guided the ill-fated Forty Niners out of Death Valley during the Gold Rush Days of 1849.
May 1st, 2013
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