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Death Valley

Death Valley National Park has more than 3.3 million acres of spectacular desert scenery, interesting and rare desert wildlife, complex geology, undisturbed wilderness, and sites of Death Valley historical and cultural interest. Death Valley is a long, low depression set in largely barren and unpopulated country of desert plains and rocky ridges, It is over 130 miles long, but only around 12 miles wide, running roughly north-south near the border with Nevada. From an elevation of 1000 metres at the north end, the land slopes down steadily and for 70 miles the floor is below sea level, reaching a low point of -86 metres at Badwater, the lowest point in the Western hemisphere. The depth of the depression is partly responsible for the extreme high temperatures, which can exceed 130F in summer. The protected area, proclaimed a National Monument in 1933, was extended in 1994 (by the Desert Protection Act) to include an additional 1200,000 acres, mainly in the little-visited northwest section, and was upgraded in status to a National Park; this now covers 3 million acres, making it the largest in the US outside Alaska. Nearly 550 square miles are below sea level.

For in depth information about Death Valley National Park, please visit their website at: http://www.nps.gov/deva/


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