With a name like Death Valley, how could you resist taking a closer look? That’s about all there is to say by way of an introduction… so sit back and enjoy these 16 interesting facts about Death Valley:
- Death Valley National Park is located in California, USA.
- It’s the driest place in the whole of America.
- 1929 was the year in which not a single drop of rain fell!
- Death Valley is home to Badwater Basin — the lowest point in the nation.
- Badwater Basin lies 282 ft below sea level.
Death Valley, Cailfornia, United States
- It’s also known as the hottest place on Earth.
- You can fry an egg on the ground here with ease!
- Despite it’s name, the valley floor is covered with yellow flowers in the spring months.
- 700 lb rocks have been leaving trails for years as they apparently move by themselves.
- These huge rocks actually move due to intense night temperature freezing the flash flood water.
- Strong following winds then blow the rocks across the mud thanks to the lack of friction provided by the thin sheet of ice underneath.
- The Eureka Sand Dunes are a staggering 680 ft high.
- The sand then slides down so fast that it causes a high pitched noise which sounds like the desert is singing to you.
- Roadrunners are one of the few animals who call Death Valley ‘home’.
- Virtually all the other animals who live there are also birds who fly down to seek refuge in the shade
- Artists Drive is a section of Death Valley which features vibrant, multi-coloured hills as a result of the various oxides in the soil.
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