Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

Nature & Wildlife in Death Valley

Geology

The geologic history of Death Valley is complex: it involves not only fault activity at various times, but also crustal sinking, volcanic activity and erosion. In literal geological terms, Death Valley is a graben; that is, a rift valley formed by the sinking of the bedrock lying between parallel, ...

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Weather

Death Valley is the hottest and driest place in the United States. A temperature of 134°F, the second-highest ever recorded in the world, was noted in 1913 (only Libya has ever beaten that record with a recorded temperature of 136°F in 1922). The sweltering valley receives less than two ...

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Flora & Fauna

Death Valley—one of the hottest and driest places in North America—is surprisingly home to an abundance of uniquely adapted life forms. A total of 1,042 plant species, 51 species of native mammals, 346 types of birds, 36 classifications of reptiles, six types of fish and five species of amphibians ...

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Wildflowers

Spring wildflowers are one of Death Valley's top visual attractions. To see this otherwise barren land awash in color is truly an unforgettable experience! Nature's whims can be unpredictable, however, and there is no guarantee that the flowers will be in bloom when you visit. Some years the flowering ...

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