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Death Valley, located in California, is one of the hottest places on earth, with the second highest temperature ever recorded: 134 degrees F (57C). Temperatures greater than 120 F (49C) are common during the summer (with ground temperatures 50% higher); mild winter temperatures are in the 60s-70s (15s-21s C). In the winter, the higher elevations are covered with snow.

The lowest point in the Western Hemisphere is in Death Valley National Park, at 282 feet (86m) below sea level; the highest point in the Park is Telescope Peak at 11,049 feet (3365m).

It is also the driest place in North America, with an average yearly rainfall of only 1.96 inches (5cm).

This large National Park contains 5213 square miles (13,500 square km) and a thousand species of plants. Many species of reptiles, birds, and mammals populate the Park, along with one species of fish.

There are a few photos from Rhyolite, a ghost town just outside the National Park. The "Queen City of Death Valley" originated in 1904 and grew to a population of 10,000. The old gold mining town had a stock exchange, board of trade, red light district, hotels, a school for 250 children, an ice plant, two electric plants, miners' union hospital, and a house built out of 50,000 beer and liquor bottles. By 1910 the population dropped to 611, and by 1916 light and power to the city was discontinued.

There is uncommon geological beauty in Death Valley.

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Zabriskie trail
Zabriskie trail
Folded mountain
Folded mountain
Hiking in Death Valley
Hiking in Death Valley
The sand dunes
The sand dunes
Along Zabriskie trail
Along Zabriskie trail
Harmony Borax Mine
Harmony Borax Mine
Along the ridge
Along the ridge
20 Mule Team Borax wagon
20 Mule Team Borax wagon
Artists Palette
Artists Palette
Eureka mine
Eureka mine
Painted rocks
Painted rocks
Yes, this is in Death Valley
Yes, this is in Death Valley
Charcoal kilns (each 30x30 feet)
Charcoal kilns (each 30x30 feet)
A wet coyote
A wet coyote
At Keane Wonder Mine
At Keane Wonder Mine
Painted ridges
Painted ridges
Old tank at Keane Wonder Mine
Old tank at Keane Wonder Mine
Rhyolite, an abandoned mining town
Rhyolite, an abandoned mining town
Bush in sand dunes
Bush in sand dunes
Desolation Canyon
Desolation Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Slot canyon
Slot canyon
Harmony Mine equipment
Harmony Mine equipment
I don't know?
I don't know?
Rhyolite ghost town
Rhyolite ghost town
From the top of Desolation Canyon
From the top of Desolation Canyon
Scotty's Castle
Scotty's Castle
20 Mule Team Borax wagon
20 Mule Team Borax wagon
Along the trail
Along the trail
Hiking a canyon
Hiking a canyon
About to fall
About to fall
Late afternoon
Late afternoon
Mountain folds
Mountain folds
Part of the Eureka Mine
Part of the Eureka Mine
A difficult hike
A difficult hike
A long warm hike
A long warm hike
Tree in the dunes
Tree in the dunes
A covey of photographers
A covey of photographers
Taking a break
Taking a break
Morning sun
Morning sun
Storm in Death Valley
Storm in Death Valley
I don't know either?
I don't know either?
Rare permanent running water
Rare permanent running water
Along a steep trail
Along a steep trail
Hiking among the colors
Hiking among the colors
Telescope Peak -  Highest point in Death Valley (11,049 ft)
Telescope Peak - Highest point in Death Valley (11,049 ft)
In Desolation Canyon
In Desolation Canyon
Eureka mine silhouette
Eureka mine silhouette
Painted rocks
Painted rocks
Golden Canyon
Golden Canyon
20 Mule Team Borax wagon
20 Mule Team Borax wagon
On the ridge
On the ridge
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Red walls
Red walls
Two on the dunes
Two on the dunes
Rhyolite ruin
Rhyolite ruin
Wall in Mosaic Canyon
Wall in Mosaic Canyon
Solitary hiker Desolation Canyon
Solitary hiker Desolation Canyon
Old mining tank, close up
Old mining tank, close up
Tree on the dunes
Tree on the dunes
Artists Palette
Artists Palette
Looking at  282 feet below  sea level, from Wildrose Peak (9064 ft)
Looking at 282 feet below sea level, from Wildrose Peak (9064 ft)
Micro salt crystals (a macro photograph)
Micro salt crystals (a macro photograph)
Devil's Golf Course (huge salt deposits)
Devil's Golf Course (huge salt deposits)
Old timer in front of Rhyolite Bottle House
Old timer in front of Rhyolite Bottle House
The colors of Death Valley
The colors of Death Valley
Death Valley basin
Death Valley basin
At sunset
At sunset
Abandoned mine equipment
Abandoned mine equipment
Charcoal kiln
Charcoal kiln
Is there a bottom?
Is there a bottom?
Very rare rain
Very rare rain
Keane Wonder Mine
Keane Wonder Mine
Riparian area in Death Valley
Riparian area in Death Valley
On the dunes
On the dunes
Keane Wonder Mine
Keane Wonder Mine
Canyon hike
Canyon hike
Slot canyon
Slot canyon
Porter sign in Rhyolite
Porter sign in Rhyolite
Storm
Storm
Hills
Hills
Abandoned mine
Abandoned mine
Colored folded hills
Colored folded hills
Scene in Death Valley
Scene in Death Valley
Jail cell, Rhyolite ghost town
Jail cell, Rhyolite ghost town
On a trail
On a trail
Rhyolite Bottle House
Rhyolite Bottle House
Badwater salt flats
Badwater salt flats
Golden Canyon
Golden Canyon
Copper hills
Copper hills
Abandoned mine equipment
Abandoned mine equipment
Master photographer
Master photographer
Canyon wall
Canyon wall
Don't know why this is in middle of the trail...
Don't know why this is in middle of the trail...
Walking on the salt flats
Walking on the salt flats
Snow after the storm
Snow after the storm
Wall of frozen mud
Wall of frozen mud
Camera in valley
Camera in valley
Getting camera
Getting camera
Jutting rock
Jutting rock
Badwater
Badwater
Start of a long hike
Start of a long hike
Hiking in Mosaic Canyon
Hiking in Mosaic Canyon
Ridges
Ridges
Eureka mine at sunset
Eureka mine at sunset
20 mule Team Borax Wagon
20 mule Team Borax Wagon
Kilns
Kilns
Canyon wall
Canyon wall
Hiking
Hiking
Old mine tank
Old mine tank
Snow caps
Snow caps
Near Zabriskie Point
Near Zabriskie Point
Ridges
Ridges
Death Valley colors
Death Valley colors
Old tank
Old tank
Salt deposits at Badwater
Salt deposits at Badwater
Before the rain
Before the rain
Rhyolite building
Rhyolite building
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Exploring the Keane Wonder Mine
Exploring the Keane Wonder Mine
During a hike
During a hike
Rhyolite
Rhyolite
Ridges
Ridges
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Devil's Golf Course
Devil's Golf Course
Golden Canyon
Golden Canyon
Following the trail
Following the trail