Death Valley Isn’t Actually As Dead As It SeemsThe Earth Site
Death Valley National Park in California is one of the most extreme environments on earth. Despite its name, there are lots of life occurring everyday in the park. Check out some of these facts about Death Valley and see why it is so amazing.
North America’s Low Point
Badwater Basin is an incredible 282 feet below sea level.
Yet Very High
Telescope Peak, 15 miles away form the basin, is 11,049 feet tall.
Larger Than We Realize
It is the largest park in the lower 48 states.
You’ll be hot in the park; its highest recorded temperature is 134 degrees F.
While some mountains have snow caps, Death Valley is the driest place in North America.
Home to Many
Just some of the animals you’ll see are bighorn sheep, snakes, lizards, and hundreds of species of birds.
Even Flowers can Grow
After the rain, flowers bloom in this desert.
Seen in a Famous Movie
Recognize it? The original Star Wars trilogy had many scenes filmed here.
Popular Place to Visit
Many people are drawn to this park, with more than 1 million visiting in 2014 alone.
If you are lucky, you’ll get to see stones sliding across Racetrack Playa.