Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Badwater Basin, Death Valley

So here we are, 282 feet beneath the distant sea.  There's a walkway out into the salt flats.  That's one of the interesting things about Death Valley - you can walk pretty much anywhere you like, over hills, onto salt flats, wherever.  You can see the bare part where tourists' feet have trampled the salt into a walkway:

Salt flats are pretty lumpy in places:

Then they smooth out more once you get more distant from shore, but still have distinctive patterns that form from the rains:

To see how far we are under sea level, there is a sign in the mountains to indicate sea level - I circled it in red because otherwise I don't think you'd be able to pick it out without having been there:

Ed's zoom lens can show it better ...

Still more to show you from Dec. 10, two more stops, so don't go away ...

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