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Death Valley

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S: Death Valley, CA ~ March, 2011

FC: 3.9.2011 - 3.13.2011

1: Death Valley is a desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers and water-fluted canyons. With 3.4 million acres in the Mojave Desert it is the largest American national park outside of Alaska. Death Valley received its name in 1849 by California Gold Rush prospectors who crossed the valley to the gold fields. Ominous sounding names like Funeral Mountains, Coffin Peak, Hell's Gate, Starvation Canyon and Deadman Pass reflect the troubles and misfortunes endured by early pioneers. During the 1850's gold and silver were mined and in the 1880's borax was extracted by mule drawn wagons. The remnants of several eerie ghost towns remain. Walter Scott or 'Death Valley Scotty' claimed Scotty's Castle, an elaborate Spanish-style mansion, was built by gold from his fictitious mine. In reality, it was the 1920's vacation home of his | friend, Albert Johnson, an insurance millionaire from Chicago. The surreal landscape of the salt flats of Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level. Repeated wet-dry cycles push salt crust into hexagonal honeycomb shapes. On a clear day at Dante's Peak, you can see the 14,497 feet Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous US, and the lowest point or Badwater from one place. The valley receives on average 1.5" of rain fall per year and has recorded the second-highest temperature in the world of 134 degrees on July10, 1913. (The highest temperature of 136 degrees was recorded on September 19, 1922 in Libya.) Death Valley is home to the Timbisha tribe of Native Americans, formerly known as the Panamint Shoshone, who have inhabited the valley for at least the past 1000 years.

2: Desert Skies

5: Sand Dunes

10: Patterns in the Sand

12: Desert Sunrise

14: Sea | Level

15: Badwater Basin Salt Formations at Sunrise | 282 Feet Below Sea Level

17: Dante's View

19: Scotty's Castle

21: Rhyolite & Modern Art

22: The Last Supper | Szukalski, 1984

23: Old Black Truck with Blue Light

24: Jim & Julie | Group Photo

25: Borax | Sunrise Setup

26: Zabriskie Point

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Anita Lenz
  • By: Anita L.
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About This Mixbook

  • Title: Death Valley
  • March 2011, I traveled to Death Valley with Gale Perry's Lightfantastic 4 Day Photo Tour.
  • Tags: death valley, sand dunes, travel
  • Published: over 8 years ago