Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Death Valley

    Death Valley is the largest American National Park outside of Alaska. It is the hottest, driest and lowest part of America. It is also the homeland of Timbisha Shoshone Tribe.
     A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and 3 million acres of wilderness.
     The geological history of Death Valley is complex: it involves crustal sinking, volcanic activity and erosion. Death Valley is a graben; that is, a rift valley formed by the sinking of the bedrock lying between parallel, uplifted, tilt-block mountain ranges. The mountains are the Amargosa in the east and the Panamints in the west.
    Some part of the park display a continuum of mining activities, started 1860s and are still present this days. 
    There are lots of things to do in the park like hiking, camping, auto touring, backcountry roads, biking, horseback riding, scotty's castle and don't forget to check on the sunrise and sunset in death valley.
     If you planning to visit the park don't forget to bring LOTS and LOTS of water, know the mine hazards, dangerous animals like rattle snakes, know the temperature, don't travel alone and know the emergency numbers to call if you need help. Please do follow the park's rules.

 Sand Dunes
 Sand Dunes
Wild Cayote crossing the road
Artist's Drive

                                                              The Devil's Golf Course
                                                                        The Museum
                                       Ryolite (one of ghost town found in Death Valley)

We will try to see the entire Death Valley someday, one in a time. There's more of the park to offer. Let's try to explore and enjoy the nature's beauty.

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