Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Scenes From Death Valley

Dante’s View is an overlook at 5,000 feet on a ridge top on one side of Death Valley with a view down to the valley and the salt flats with mountains on the other side that soar from the valley floor below sea level to as high as 11,000 feet.


20 Mule Team Trail is a drive through colorful vistas and “mud rocks”.


Zabriske Point is one of the badlands areas of the park.


Badwater Basin of the valley floor of Death Valley is the lowest elevation point in North America but has a spring that bubbles up from ancient waters and hard packed salt flat.


Artist’s Point has rocks that are colored by mineral deposits from the many volcanic eruptions in the area.


There are remnants of the borax mining days of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  The wagons were pulled by a 20-mule team that took 30 days to make the round trip out of the valley to the railhead and back.


There are blowing sands that create dunes on the valley floor.


These 30-foot tall kilns were built in 1877 to make charcoal used in the mining industry of Death Valley.  And there are some treed areas in Death Valley.


And even in such a dry environment, there are Spring Wildflowers




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