Badwater, Death Valley National Park

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    Badwater - the hottest and lowest part in the park

    by Trekki Updated Aug 27, 2005

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    Badwater

    Badwater is not only the hottest point in this park - and probably the most visited - but also the lowest point in the western part of this globe.
    It's located 85 m ( 285 ft ) below sea level.

    It's name is coming from the high salt content of the water.

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    Badwater 1980

    by JLBG Written Apr 25, 2005

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    Here we are in Badwater. This picture was taken in 1980 and the elevation was 280 feet under sea level. In 2003, it was 282 feet and it keeps sinking ! The pressure of the air is heavier than at sea level but it does not make any difference that could be felt.

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    Sea level

    by JLBG Updated Jan 9, 2007

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    Sea level

    On the road side, a road sign warns that we have reached the sea level but the roads continues for further 4 kilometers, towards Badwater 280 meters lower.

    What a sight it would be if the Ocean was let into the Death Valley by a pipeline, producing a lot of electricity :-)))

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    Bad water composition

    by JLBG Written Apr 25, 2005

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    Badwater composition

    This is really bad water ! If you enlarge the photo, it will give you the comparison of the salt content of Badwater's and of sea water. Badwater has more sodium, more potassium and more calcium. It has less chloride but more sulfate and carbonate. Sea water taste better than badwater's !

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    Amazing scultures at Badwater.

    by JLBG Written Apr 25, 2005

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    Amazing scultures at Badwater.

    Around Badwater, rocks carved by the wind have amazing shapes. This one looks as a lion groomed black poodle sniffing the air! Others are looking like black ghosts or gigantic mushrooms The wind has taken millions of years to succeed such carvings.

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    The lowest point in North America

    by annk Written Nov 30, 2003

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    Badwater

    One of the most visited places in Death Valley. Named "Badwater" when a prospector led his mule to the shallow lake and he refused to drink the water.

    Although the sign indicates the lowest point at 282 ft. below sea level, the actual lowest point is several miles away and not easily accessible.

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    Not much but a salty pool

    by annk Written Nov 30, 2003

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    Badwater - There really isin't much to see here except for a low salty pool. Several trails lead to other pools and during rainy periods a large shallow lake forms only to evaporate quickly. It never dries out completely and even supports the Death Valley pupfish and a species of mollusk. I did not see either.

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    Badwater

    by Andraf Updated Nov 1, 2003

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    Badwater, Death Valley

    Badwater is the lowest point in the western hemisphere, 282 ft (85m) below sea level. This place is also very very hot. There's a small pool of water which surprisingly hosts life (if we were to believe the signs that mark the spot). Turn around and look up the rocky wall to find the sign that marks the sea level.

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    Badwater - feeling hot, hot, hot

    by JanPeter74 Updated Apr 21, 2004

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    Badwater is the lowest point in the western hemisphere and also one of the hottest recorded places in the world.

    Badwater is a small pool at an elevation of 280 feet / 85 meter below sea level. A standard photostop when driving through Death Valley. The low, salty pool at Badwater, just beside the main park road is probably the best known and most visited place in Death Valley.

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    "Bad water"!

    by Martinewezel Updated Apr 25, 2008

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    18 miles South of Furnace Creek.
    The little pool (second photo) with trouble, salty water is the lowest point of the United States:282 feet below sea level (86 m).
    The story tells that after a long walk, a man brought his mule to this pool. The mule refused to drink. Whereupon the man proclaimed that it was "bad water".

    Did you know that there is a sign mentioning "sea level" on the flank of the rock above the road? Difficult to find. (see third photo)

    Of course you need to take a look in the pool. There is a lot of life in it. The water is full of crawling creatures. Unfortunately I didn't see any of the famous DV purpfish, but I guess they didn't like tourists.

    A little walk on the dry salt lake is quite an experience. We walked for about 30 minutes and I turned from white into crawfish-red, despite my sun hat and sun cream. It was early April and only 86°F (30°C), a very pleasant walk.

    Before stepping back into the car, make sure you scratch the salt from your soles. It's sticky.

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    Badwater - the lowest point in the USA

    by mikelisaanna Written May 7, 2006

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    Badwater is a salt flat in Death Valley that is 282 feet below sea level. It is the lowest point in the United States and in North America, as well as one of the hottest. You can park your car and walk out ont the saltflat, which is bright white. However, bring water, because Badwater is one of the hottest sections of the park and the sun is relentless.

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    Badwater Basin

    by Basaic Written Jul 8, 2010

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    At 282 feet below sea level, Badwater Basin is the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, and after the Dead Sea in Israel the second lowest in the world. Interestingly enough, the highest point in the lower 48 (Mount Whitney) is only 100 miles to the west. At this stop there is a boardwalk for viewing the “badwater” with a few interpretive signs to acquaint you with different features and facts about this spot. Along the edges of the water you may spot the rarest animal in the park the badwater snail, which only exists on the edges of the badwater. There is a short trail that leads out to the salt flats. The parking area fills up quickly, especially with tour buses, so I recommend coming here early in the morning.

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    Badwater Basin

    by SteveOSF Written Jul 30, 2007

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    There actually is bad water at Badwater. A boardwalk allows you to stroll over the salty stagnant water. Mostly, however, Badwater is a huge salt flat that, depending on which direction you face, seems to stretch to the horizon or to distant mountains. You can wander off far onto the salt if you so desire. At 282 feet below sea level, it is the lowest point in North America. A few miles south of Furnace creek on Badwater Road, it is easy to find. Badwater is well worth a visit.

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    How low can you go?

    by Alice-Kees Updated Jun 28, 2003

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    Badwater, Death Valley

    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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    Lowest point in North America

    by SLLiew Updated Oct 12, 2006

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    Badwater - 282 feet (86 m) below sea level. The lowest point in USA and North America.

    There is a sign saying that this is a low point below sea level.

    It is within easy reach and all the cars stop at the side to take a picture with the sign.

    This attract more attention and so in the end, every car resident took a ritualistic photo with the sign.

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