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.
- 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.
Do you know any interesting or fun facts about Death Valley that we’ve not mentioned? Share them here in the comments section below!
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