Badwater basin & Devil’s Golf Course…:-)
Badwater basin @ Death Valley National Park – THE lowest point in North America, with an elevation of 86m below sea level… here’s the “Salt of the Earth” – sodium chloride, known as table salt – it makes up the majority of salts on Badwater Basin, being among the largest protected salt flats in the world. Other evaporative minerals found here include calcite, gypsum, and borax. These vast, surreal “salt fields” do change constantly as they expand, pushing the crust of salt into rough, chaotic forms and strange patterns… Passing rainstorms wash off windblown dust and generate a fresh layer of blinding white salt, and rare floods create temporary ponds that dissolve salts back into solution, starting the process all over again…
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N.B. it’s forbidden to pick up salt as a “souvenir”, but I did hold it in my palm! 🙂
Devil’s Golf Course – Death Valley National Park, eastern California… why this bizarre name?!… a National Park Service guide issued in 1934 stated that “only the devil could play golf on such rough links!”, as its surface has a rough texture made of large halite salt crystal formations.
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Well, I did survive and I’m back home – sound and safe… 🙂