Death Valley from 5,000 ft.

Description:
The long extent of Death Valley. The white streaks on the valley floor are salt deposits which were left when the valley was an inland sea. The shot was taken from little above 5,000 ft. atop Dante's View (whoever came up with these names had a vivid imagination). Almost all of the valley floor in the picture is below sea level so the shot is truely from a vertical distance of over 5,000 ft. Unfortunately, this is one those pictures that didn't do justice to the scenery (partly because of the inclement weather). If you go to the valley, do not skip Dante's View, like the ranger told me to do, even though it's a little bit out of the way.

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Last modified: 12 April 1996, Karp@virginia.edu