A Trip To The Underworld: The Salt Flats Of Death Valley

One of the most popular national parks is Death Valley, straddling the border between California and Nevada. As its name suggests, this park features several attractions that speak of isolation and desolation. One particularly interesting feature are the salt flats.

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Salt flats are barren plains formed after water formations dissolve, leaving only minerals behind. These massive solid formations are typically found in areas where temperatures are extremely high. Death Valley National Park is considered the hottest, driest, and lowest national park. The park’s salt dunes and flats are recognized as one of the prettiest in the world. Scientists though warn that these salt formations are reflective of how drastic an environment can change due to global weather fluctuations. One must remember how these salt formations are made and employ them to present day situations.

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Despite its morbid name, Death Valley is also a land of extremes. A large percentage of the park features desert-like conditions, yet at its boundaries are peaks capped with snow and vast fields of wildflowers. As such, there is a great diversity of life in Death Valley – although admittedly at the edges of its territory.

Most tours are hikes around the more accessible areas. Tours are dependent on current climate conditions. Currently, guided tours with park rangers are conducted during winter and spring. Weekend programs have night sky events. It is recommended for visitors to call beforehand. It is also highly suggested that tours be taken as a group. This allows for a some degree of security and comfort.

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