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Death Valley

http://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

http://www.yellowecho.com/travel/death_valley_facts.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Valley

Quoted from Wikipedia:

Death Valley is a desert located in Eastern California. Situated within the Mojave Desert, it features the lowest, driest, and hottest locations in North America.[2] Badwater, a basin located in Death Valley, is the specific location (36 15' N 116 49.5' W) of the lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet (86.0 m) belowsea level. This point is only 84.6 miles (136.2 km) ESE of Mount Whitney, the highest point in thecontiguous United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet (4,421 m).[3] Death Valley holds the record for the highest reliably reported temperature in the Western hemisphere, 134 F (56.7 C) at Furnace Creek on July 10, 1913just short of the world record, 136 F (57.8 C) in Al 'AziziyahLibya, on September 13, 1922.[4]

Located near the border of California and Nevada, in the Great Basin, east of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Death Valley constitutes much of Death Valley National Park and is the principal feature of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts Biosphere Reserve. It is located mostly in Inyo County, California. It runs from north to south between the Amargosa Range on the east and the Panamint Range on the west; the Sylvania Mountains and the Owlshead Mountains form its northern and southern boundaries, respectively. It has an area of about 3,000 sq mi (7,800 km2).[5] Death Valley shares many characteristics with other places below sea level.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Valley_'49ers

Quoted from Wikipedia:

The Death Valley '49ers were a group of pioneers from the Eastern United States that endured a long difficult journey during the late 1840s California Gold Rush to prospect in the Sutter's Fort area of the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada in California. Their route from Utah went through the Great Basin Desert in Nevada, and Death Valley and the Mojave Desert in Southern California, in attempting to reach the Gold Country[1]

The current group met this November while we were there.

 

62nd Annual Death Valley '49ers Encampment: http://www.deathvalley49ers.org/

 

Bad Water Basin

See the little white sign on the side of the mountain. It says Sea level. We of course looking up at this sign from Bad Water basin.

Artists path

 

Corn Stalks

Sand Dunes

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