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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Part 8 Death Valley National Park - Day 2 Badwater Basin


Sea Level sign, note red lineBadwater is the lowest elevation point in the Western Hemisphere at -282 feet (-85.5 meters), only in Africa is it lower. Read more here...

19 comments:

Pat said...

Very interesting post about Badwater! I still can't get over how hot it gets there!

Mary said...

Wow...what a place! I'm glad to see what it looks like. My dad wrote about doing some survey work there back in the 40's and it is intereseting to see what the landscape he described looked like. Interesting! Love that firy header shot!

Ishtar said...

Compared to our muddy tapkis, that is some clean seasonal water! Perhaps the salt does it?

Diane AZ said...

I like how the white minerals contrast with the dark water colors in "View north over Badwater Basin." It looks like a strange but beautiful place.

Natural Moments said...

Death Valley feels raw where one can explore ancient components that have stopped moving and changing much due to lack of water and a crack in the earth which keeps water from accumulating. The result is consolidated and isolated, nutirents, minerals, ore's, and a storehouse of colours upon the pallete of life. When water or spirit is reintroduced into circulation in higher, or what we call more normal parameters, the soup bowl or the basin of death valley will cook up a new story with the valuable ingredients it holds in storage.

dowhatyoulove said...

So I wonder if any of the local animals have adapted to drinking the salty water? I suppose some probably have. That quote at the top is amazing.... I can't even imagine!

dowhatyoulove said...

So I wonder if any of the local animals have adapted to drinking the salty water? I suppose some probably have. That quote at the top is amazing.... I can't even imagine!

Firefly said...

56C. Holy cow, but thats hot. It must be something looking ap at the mountain side and seeing a sign say sea level. It must also be something to find water in such a hot place and then find out its salt. A really really interesting place.

Rambling Woods said...

This is really interesting and such dry looking country..I get thirsty just looking at it...

Janie said...

I wondered if the water was really bad. Can people drink it safely, even if that stubborn mule would not?
I see the sign on the mountain that says "sea level" Interesting to get a perspective.

Small City Scenes said...

Oh boy, can't wait until tomorrow. You really are well below sea-level. I see the red line. This country is amazing isn't it.. Salt makes funny formations--all twisty and sharp cornered. See ya tomorrow. MB

Arija said...

What an experience and what wonders of nature you have witnessed Gaelyn. Lovely encrustations of the ever changing salt crust. Such rugged beauty all around.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

My goodness!! That is some statement you have there from 1913!!

Do they mine the salt in the area Gaelyn.

Bibi said...

These shots are great; I love it when places are named for what they are: Badwater, etc. I like the Sea Level sign....

Coffeedoff said...

Wow what a strange and interesting place!

Quiet Paths said...

That must be a singularly eerie place to walk around in.... you can see Earth's geo-life up close past, present and future.

Corker2 said...

You are quite lucky to see all these different places that I will probably never see in my Lifetime. I, as always, enjoy your learning Posts. Great Post and thanks much.

Les

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: That is what is called going into the bottom of the dry valley.

Russ said...

Very cool. I never did make Death Valley while I was out there. Sure with I had!

Love the name Badwater!

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