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01 May 2009 @ 09:11 pm
Death Valley  
Since I had nothing better to do on a Friday evening, I began looking at more pictures from last week's trip. Death Valley is truly an amazing place. The place has seen so much action in terms of geography it is almost unbelievable. From a gigantic glacial age lake and being a feeding ground for mastodons and giant sloths, this place turned into a desert in the blink of an eye in terms of geologic timescale. It's got scars from the last time Yellowstone erupted. It's got mountains formed because of faults. Alluvial fans, fault lines, flash floods, Precambrian rocks, canyons, mountains, hot springs, sailing stones, playas, sand dunes and endemic plant and animal life - it's just got it all! What a place!

Racetrack Playa

Badwater Basin

Telescope peak from Badwater

A dry Owens Lake. Thank Los Angeles for that!

Cactii under the shade of a conifer! And Pine. In the same place!

Roadside flowers

A Desert Iguana!

Desert Iguana

A Roadkill.

Target practice. Vandals.

Welded tuff - from the last time Yellowstone erupted!

Volcanic Glass!

The Sand Dunes at Stovepipe Wells

More sand dunes.

Sunrise. Sand dunes and the mountains.


A Sailing Stone

Another Sailing stone

The Grandstand

The Grandstand

A mirage. The Grandstand. And a sailing stone.

And a stone that hasn't sailed

The sun goes behind the Last Chance Mountains

And a stone takes a big lead...

While this one's a close race!

Yathinyathin on May 2nd, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Remember: West of the Rockies == Grand Landscape. East of the Rockies == the Great Civilization! ;)