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On October 31, 1994, Death Valley National Park was established in both California and Nevada

October 31, 2023

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On October 31, 1994, Death Valley National Park was established in both California and Nevada. Death Valley earns its name: a place of extremes, it is the hottest place on Earth (!) and contains the driest and lowest points in North America. The world record highest air temperature (134° F!!!) was recorded at Death Valley’s Furnace Creek in July 1913. 🏜🏜🏜

Did you know? Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, looks like a snowy field. The white stuff is actually a thick layer of salt, however – when mineral-rich water drains to the basin and evaporates, all that’s left are the salt and minerals.

Death Valley is the largest national park outside of Alaska.

 

Townsend Pass, looking down upon lowest point in North America, Death Valley, California, postcard, c. 1930-1945

 

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Media and Digital Content Associate

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October 31, 2023
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