Sunday, October 22, 2006

Water and Death Valley

People know Death Valley National Park in the US for its insanely hot temperatures and extra-harsh landscape. Summer temperatures typically average around 120 degrees Fahrenheit and in 1913, a temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded.

One of the most surprising things about Death Valley is the fact that one of the largest aquifers in the US lies right under the dry surface of the National Park. This aquifer reaches East from California to Nevada and Utah.

Incidentally, the photo I found shows a picture of a "Racetrack Playa." This is a phenomenon where boulders are actually pushed by winds across the flat ground. No one has ever seen this happen, nor has it ever been recorded on film.

Source: Nature on PBS

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