1161-Salt Creek – Death Valley, CA

The Death Valley pupfish is a species of fish that is the last known survivor of what is thought to have been a large ecosystem of fish species that lived in Lake Manly, which dried up at the end of the last ice age leaving the present day Death Valley in California. The pupfish is adapted to the shallow, hot, saline water of a particular part of Salt Creek that flows above ground year-round, and is also sometimes referred to as Salt Creek pupfish. (stolen from the web).

This is the only place this species of fish lives. This small valley is surrounded by dry desert. The water at one end of the valley pops up through a spring during the dry periods and flows for a mile or so and eventually sinks back into the desert. In the middle of the valley, a flowing babbling brooks filled with life meanders it’s way through the sand giving life to the desert floor.

Because of the rain run-off across the Death Valley mountains, this water is more than five times as salty as the ocean.

To see a Gallery of photos from Death Valley click on this link:
Death Valley Photo Gallery

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This is where the babbling brook ends.