Valley National Park
Hottest, Driest, Lowest: Death Valley is a land of extremes. It
is one of the hottest places on the surface of the Earth with summer
temperatures averaging well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It encompasses
the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below the
level of the sea, and it is the driest place in North America with
an average rainfall of only 1.96 inches a year.
Death Valley is a treasure trove of scientific information about the ancient Earth and about the forces still working to shape our modern world. It is home to plants, animals, and human beings that have adapted themselves to take advantage of its rare and hard won bounty. It is a story of western expansion, wealth, greed, suffering and triumph. Death Valley is a land of extremes, and much more.
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