Death Valley

 

Death Valley is located in the Mojave Desert, the lowest, driest, and hottest area in North America.

 

Badwater Basin is the lowset point of elevation in the United States, as well a all of North America at 282 feet below sea level. Badwater Basin is located about 85 miles east-southeast of Mount Whitney - the highest point in the continenal United States.  Furnace Creek within Death Valley holds the record for the highest recorded temperature in both the United States and the entire world.  The world record temperature of 134 °F was set on July 10, 1913.

 

Death Valley is situated near the border of California and Nevada, in the Great Basin, nea the the Sierra Nevada mountains.  Death Valley National Park is locted within the Death Valley region. 

 

Death Valley National Park

 

Death Valley National Park is a United States national park locate in both California and Nevada.  The park is located to the east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains inthe Mojave deserts. The park protects the northwest corner of the desert, which contains a diverse desert environment of valleys and canyons, salt-flats, badlands, sand dunes, and mountains. Death valley National Park is the largest national park in the continuous Unites States.  The park has also been designated an International Biosphere Reserve. Over 90% of the Death Valley National Park is also designated a wilderness area. Additionally, it is the hottest and driest national parks within the United States. Badwater Basin (the lowest point in the USA and the second-lowest point in the wetern hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level) is located within the boundaries of the park.  Death Valley National Park is home to creosote bush, bighorn sheep, coyote, and the Death Valley pupfish - all of which have adapted to the unfriendly desert environment.

 

Evidence of Native Americans inhabitation exists back to as early as 7000 BC.  The most recent inhabitants wre the Timbisha, living in the area around 1000 AD.  Some Europeans got stuck in the valley in 1849 while looking for a shortcut to the gold fields of California.  Two people in the group perished here, which gave the area its name of Death Valley. 

 

Other Death Valley Links

 

Death Valley National Park:  www.nps.gov/deva

 

Death Valley on National Geographic:  video.nationalgeographic.com/video/us_deathvalley

 

Death Valley Information:  http://www.deathvalley.com/dv/index.phpdeathvalley.com

 

Death Valley TV Series:  /www.imdb.com/title/tt1835129/

 

Badwater Ultramarathon:  BadWater.com

 

Death Valley Forecast:  weather.com/weather/today/Death+Valley+CA+USCA0286

 

Death Valley '49ers:  DeathValley49ers.org

 

Furnace Creek Resort:  FurnaceCreekResort.com