Badwater, Death Valley National Park

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    Badwater

    by meteorologist1 Updated Jul 28, 2003
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    Badwater is the lowest point in North America and the Western Hemisphere. The area is scattered with salt deposits, probably formed from evaporation of a salt lake. Surrounded by mountains, there's a great view of the desert landscape and distant mountains from Badwater. From Badwater, Telescope Peak, 11049 feet above sea level, can be seen. A great photograph spot.

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    How low can you go?

    by Alice-Kees Updated Jun 28, 2003

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    Badwater is not only the lowest place in the western hemisphere (282 ft), it must also be the hottest place, as far as I'm concerned. When you get here, take plenty of water! The shallow pool of water has a strange odor to it.

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    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The low, salty pool at Badwater, just beside the main park road is probably the best known and most visited place in Death Valley. The actual lowest point (-282 feet) is located several miles from the road and is not easily accessible, but a sign in front of the pool proclaims it too to have an elevation of -282 feet, and it is here that everyone comes to take photographs. Badwater never dries out completely, and even manages to support a unique species of fish - the Death Valley pupfish, a small bluish creature which has evolved to survive in the hot saline conditions.

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    Badwater is a salty small...

    by dutch_anna Updated Oct 10, 2002

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    Badwater is a salty small lake. The alkali is so high there that only some special shrimps like it there.
    By the way, it is funny name for Dutchspeaking people. In Dutch this means: bath water. Didn't look comfortable for a bath.
    But I tasted the water with one fingertip: yuck!
    Nearby is the lowest point of the American Continent: 280 feet, 81 meters under sea level.

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    by smoox Written Sep 2, 2002

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    The lowest point is beyond the mountain range at Badwater - another very descriptive name. The little precipitation there is will run off into this valley, forming - at 'wet times' - a little lake. But it´s no drinking water, it´s salty. The water will eventually evaporate again...

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  • Go to Badwater and walk out on...

    by towhee Written Feb 25, 2003

    Go to Badwater and walk out on the salt flat as far as you like.
    This is the lowest point (elevation) in North America. It is also strange looking, with all of the salt and water. It looks Arctic, rather than desert.

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    by keehotee Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This is the lowest accessible spot in Death Valley. From Furnace Creek, drive south 17 miles to the Badwater Basin area. There you will find the small pools that are the remants of a dry inland sea. The elevation is -280 ft

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    Badwaters. Located 282 feet...

    by sharkie Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Badwaters. Located 282 feet (that's 86 meters) below sea-level!!
    Death Valley receives less than 2 in. (5 cm) of rain a year and has recorded some of the world's highest air temperatures (134°F/57°C) and ground temperatures (165°F/74°C). Temperatures run above 120 degrees fahrenheit usually, so use sun protection. Despite this harsh enviroment there are some 900 different plants living here.

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    Badwater Basin

    by vichatherly Updated Oct 19, 2010

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    Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America, at 282 feet below sea level.

    We took a walk out on the broadalk and enjoyed the silence of the salt flats.

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    How low can you go

    by Emile72 Written Apr 28, 2009

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    At 282 feet below sea level, it's the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. A boardwalk and signs provide info on the local environment, and a trail leads out onto the salt flats.

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    Badwater adds a new color to...

    by dutch_anna Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Badwater adds a new color to the already colorfol palet of the Valley.
    Greyish blue, a small quiet lake. I tried the taste for you: horrible, biting salt-and-soda like.

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