Although the name of Death Valley makes the place sound like it has to do with death, it is just in relation to the scorching heat. Death Valley is located in California near the Pacific Ocean. It is very dry and hot, and the temperature can be anywhere from 120° F or higher on a normal day.
Death Valley is a very dry place because the air has traveled a long distance and has gone through heat waves, losing its moisture. The ocean and rain leave moisture in the wind, but by the time the air is blown into Death Valley, the moisture has already dried up; all that’s left behind is the hot and dry air. Although the Pacific Ocean is close, moisture never makes it into Death Valley.
Scientists believe that there was once human life in Death Valley. They found artifacts, such as tools, that have been there for many centuries. Now all that remains is the animals that manage to survive the heat and consume what the land provides. One animal that manages to survive is the bighorn sheep. The only plants that survive the heat are wildflowers.
Death Valley was formed by two glaciers, four periods of sedimentation, and four volcanos. Death Valley has many natural features such as: Artists’ Palette, named for its colorful rocks; Badwater Basin, the lowest place in the Valley; and Dante’s View, a mountain that’s 5,475 feet tall. The highest point in the valley is Telescope Peak, reaching up to 11,050 feet. Other popular features include the Mesquite Flat Dunes and the Wandering Rocks of Racetrack Playa.
Although Death Valley is broiling hot and dry, it is a beautiful place to visit because it was formed in a unique way. Its beautiful natural features make the heat worth the visit.
[Source: 100 Wonders Of The World]