Death Valley National Park in USA, California

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Introduction :
The Death Valley National Park is located in the state of California and small portions of it in Nevada in USA. The Death Valley National Park is a place of many extremes with its harsh landscapes of desert, sand dunes and steep mountain ranges. The world highest temperature of 56.7 deg celsius was recorded right at the Death Valley National Park together with the lowest elevation in North America at Badwater Basin. A geological phenomenon can also be seen at the Racetrack Playa where rocks move in long tracks along the valley floor without any human intervention. The national park measures 13630 square km in area with the Death Valley itself measuring over 210 km long.

One of the many finely craved gates around the area
The Devil’s Golf Course located in the Mojave Desert
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One of the many finely craved gates around the area
Road towards the Telescope and Wildrose peaks
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The overall harsh landscape of the Death Valley National Park
The overall harsh landscape of the Death Valley National Park
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An abandoned gold mine left during the California gold rush
An abandoned gold mine left during the California gold rush
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History :
The native American cultures were believed to have been living in the area for the last 10,000 years and traces of human existence were proven up to 3000 BC with the petroglyphs above Mesquite Springs. The California Gold Rush brought the first Europeans to the Death Valley where mines and wagons can still be found today. Tourism began in the 1920s and the region was declared as a national monument in 1933 before its expansion into a national park in 1994.

The overall harsh landscape of the Death Valley National Park
Proof of human existence at the Mesquite Springs
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The Racetrack Playa is known for its geological phenomenon of moving stones
The Racetrack Playa is known for its geological phenomenon of moving stones
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The Badwater Basin is the lowest point in the whole of North America
The Badwater Basin is the lowest point in the whole of North America
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Abandoned radiator tank in the desert
Abandoned radiator tank in the desert

Getting there :
The nearest airport to the Death Valley National Park is the McCarran International Airport (LAS) which is the principal airport serving the state of Las Vegas and is approximately 260 km away from the center of the national park.

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