Death Valley is extremely hot–one of the hottest places on earth. This valley, 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level at its deepest, is walled by heat-trapping mountain ranges. Moreover, sparse vegetation allows the California sun full access to the desert soil.
I’ve been traveling a bit, so my posts have been spotty. This image is from my trip to Death Valley in December. It is one of my favorites. I’ve brought along some photos for you on my trip and will post when time permits.
This is a younger and much smaller sibling of the crater featured in my previously post, both lying in Death Valley, California.
This volcanic crater in Death Valley is 600 feet deep and a half mile across. It is surrounded by a vast lava field which encompasses its younger sibling, Little Ubehebe, along with several other smaller craters.
Yes, that is really the name of this popular spot in Death Valley National Park, California — not something I made up trying to give my photo a clever name! This large expanse of crystallized salt on the valley floor would make for a challenging game indeed.
Click to see full image. This racetrack in Death Valley National Park, California features rocks, not cars! Rocks that tumble onto this dry lake bed creep along and leave clearly visible tracks behind. It was considered a mystery for many years, but scientists now believe they are nudged along by large sheets of ice that break off and slide around after a winter freeze begins to melt. The park requires scientists to bring in their own (comparable) rocks for experiments rather than use the ones that have been cast onto the surface through erosion.