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A return to death
To the lowest place in North America

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Photos: Devil's Golf Course

Oh, look! The National Park Service has posted some signs right at the edge of the Devil's Golf Course that talk a little bit about the land formation. Do you think they would mind if I copied the information (here)? I think it will be OK, don't you?

Here is is...

Crystallized salts compose the jagged formations of this forbidding landscape. Deposited by ancient salt lakes and shaped by winds and rain, the crystals are forever changing.

Listen carefully. On a warm day you may hear a metallic cracking sound as the salt pinnacles expand and contract.

The Death Valley saltpan is one of the largest protexted saltpans in North America. Salt continues to be deposited by recurring floods that occasionally submerge the lowest parts of the valley floor.

Delicate salt formations are hidden among the harsh and rigid spires. Close inspection may reveal the tiny salt structures. Take care - one curious touch can cause them to crumble.

Be careful! Walking on the Devil's Golf Course is very difficult. A fall could result in painful cuts or even broken bones.
Information courtesy of the National Park Service, Death Valley National Park

Devil's Golf Course

Devil's Golf Course

Devil's Golf Course

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