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Badwater and Telescope Peak, Death Valley Febr. 1980 (255°)

Badwater and Telescope Peak, Death Valley Febr. 1980 (255°)
Badwater Basin is an endorheic basin in Death Valley National Park, Death Valley, Inyo County, California, noted as the lowest point in North America, with an elevation of 282 ft (86 m) below sea level. Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous 48 United States, is only 84.6 miles (136 km) to the WNW.

The site itself consists of a small spring-fed pool of "bad water" next to the road in a sink; the accumulated salts of the surrounding basin make it undrinkable, thus giving it the name. The pool does have animal and plant life, including pickleweed, aquatic insects, and the Badwater snail.

Adjacent to the pool, where water is not always present at the surface, repeated freeze–thaw and evaporation cycles gradually push the thin salt crust into hexagonal honeycomb shapes.

The pool is not the lowest point of the basin: the lowest point (which is only slightly lower) is several miles to the west and varies in position, depending on rainfall and evaporation patterns. The salt flats are hazardous to traverse (in many cases being only a thin white crust over mud), and so the sign marking the low point is at the pool instead. The basin was considered the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere until the discovery of Laguna del Carbón in Argentina at −344 ft (−105 m)
Badwater ist eine Senke im Death Valley in Kalifornien und der tiefste Punkt Nordamerikas mit einer Höhe von 85,5 Meter unter dem Meeresspiegel. Badwater ist ein Überbleibsel des vorzeitlichen Sees Lake Manly.

In der Senke gibt es ein quellengespeistes Becken neben der Straße; das umgebende Salz macht das Wasser ungenießbar – daher stammt der Name Badwater (engl.: „schlechtes Wasser“). Im Becken leben Tiere und Pflanzen, wie z. B. Queller, Wasserinsekten und die Badwater-Schnecke. In der Umgebung des Beckens, die nicht ständig von Wasser bedeckt ist, bildet die Kruste des Bodens sechseckige Strukturen aus.

Das Becken ist zurzeit nicht der tiefste Punkt der Senke: Er liegt mehrere Kilometer westlich und verändert seine Position. Die Salztonebenen zu durchqueren ist gefährlich, oft ist die Salzkruste über dem Schlamm nur dünn und nicht tragfähig.

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cammino club
Herrliche Landschaft, sehr informative Beschreibung.
6 years ago.
LutzP club
has replied to cammino club
Vielen Dank cammino. Gruß Lutz
6 years ago.
 Graciel·la Vidal
Graciel·la Vidal
Excellent shot and interesting information
6 years ago.
LutzP club
has replied to Graciel·la Vidal
Thanks Greetings Lutz
6 years ago.
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
Hermoso y desolado lugar, hermoso momento con ese cielo dramático y esa luz. Interesante la información.
6 years ago.
I visited this place in Aug, 2013, on a day when it was 119 degrees F at the visitor center. I knew the lowest point was somewhere out there, but it was the kind of day that made me call this good enough. It looks like you had a much more comfortable day.
6 years ago.
LutzP club
has replied to Clint
Hi Clint, we did it once in summer and decided spontaneously, that this is a place to visit in winter. Pleasant temperatures in the seventies! Cheers Lutz
6 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Stunning shots!

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5 years ago.
LutzP club
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Thanks William.
5 years ago.

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