Winter Landscape

Looks cold? Salt Flats DSC_3583 Salt Flats DSC_3592 Salt Flats DSC_3598Salt Flats DSC_3568

Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America at 282 ft below sea level.  The highest point, Mt Whitney, is only 84.6 miles away.   Accumulated salts of the surrounding basin make any water here bad water, undrinkable.  There is animal and plant life, including pickleweed, aquatic insects and the Badwater snail.   Repeated freeze–thaw and evaporation cycles gradually push the thin salt crust into hexagonal honeycomb shapes.

The vast, surreal salt flats of Badwater Basin change constantly. Salt crystals expand, pushing the crust of salt into rough, chaotic forms. Newly formed crystals ooze between mudcracks, sketching strange patterns on the surface of the salt flat.

Salt Flats DSC_3613

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3 Responses to Winter Landscape

  1. Sue Karski says:

    Only a 118 there today. Nice capture of the salt


  2. piriot says:

    It looks frost. As if the lake would have been frozen. But it is warm, even early in the morning when we tried to get up before the sunrise to get the best pictures.


  3. preed913 says:

    sneaky!! – clever though! – isn’t it amazing how anything at all can live in that kind of environment.


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