1153-Badwater – Death Valley, CA

Badwater Basin is an endorheic basin in Death Valley National Park, noted as the lowest point in North America, with an elevation of 282 ft below sea level. Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous 48 states, is only 84.6 miles away.

The site itself consists of a small spring-fed pool of “bad water” next to the road in a sink; the accumulated salts of the surrounding basin make it undrinkable, thus giving it the name. The pool does have animal and plant life, including pickleweed, aquatic insects, and the Badwater snail.

Adjacent to the pool, where water is not always present at the surface, repeated freeze–thaw and evaporation cycles gradually push the thin salt crust into hexagonal honeycomb shapes. (stolen from the web)

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Death Valley Photo Gallery

XXX_2325This is the sign indicating sea level. 282 feet up the cliff face.

XXX_2345This is at sunrise so only the western portion of the valley is lit.

XXX_2344Walking out to the lowest spot in North America. It’s the wet portion on the right.

XXX_2324This is solid salt and is concrete hard. You can walk all the way into the sunrise if you wish.