Death Valley Dunes. Copyright © John Bruckman. Image used under Creative Commons 2.0 License.

Death Valley National Park in California and Nevada protects the northwest corner of the Mojave Desert and contains a diverse desert environment of salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, valleys, canyons, and mountains.  It is the largest national park in the lower 48 states and has been declared an International Biosphere Reserve.  Death Valley National Park is visited annually by more than 825,000 visitors who come to see its diverse geologic features, desert wildlife, historic sites, scenery, and clear night skies.  It is the hottest and driest of the national parks in the United States.  The second-lowest point in the Western Hemisphere is in Badwater Basin, which is 282 feet below sea level.  (Source: Wikipedia, Image: John Bruckman)

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