Monday, November 07, 2005
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley is a land of extremes.
It is one of the hottest places on the surface of the Earth with summer temperatures averaging well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
It encompasses the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below the level of the sea, and it is the driest place in North America with an average rainfall of only 1.96 inches a year.
Death Valley is a treasure trove
of scientific information about the ancient Earth and about
forces still working to shape our modern world.
It is home to plants, animals, and human beings that have adapted themselves to take advantage of its rare and hard won bounty. Death Valley is a land of extremes, and much more.