Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Trip to Death Valley -2

I have not seen desert in Egypt or Mid-east. My friends who do business with Mid-east say that It is more like dry soil not sand. Instead people who knows Sahara desert tells me it is really sand which can come down between your fingers when you scoop up the sand. It seemed to me the desert of this Death Valley is different from both of above observations, though I expected I was seeing one of the above.

The picture left shows the lowest point of Death Valley, "Bad Water Basin". Basically Death Valley is dried sea water lake. Deep down in the ground there still be a water and it sometimes come out to surface. Cowboys who found this water source trying to drink it and found it is "Bad". This is why this point is called "Bad Water Basin". How do you see this scenery? All the white part is salt. My impression was it is "Sea of Salt".

Below picture shows closed up surface of the desert. It does not look like view in this world.

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4 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shaw .. it's interesting what you say about Death Valley .. and the type of sand.

Bad Water basin sounds not very good! Must have been quite difficult for the early pioneers or settlers ..

The salt pans shimmer in the sun - mirages .. the scenery is always amazing - like the moon or Mars??

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Peter Baca said...

Hi Shaw,

Very interesting reading about your perceptions of Death Valley! I went just to go see it after a number of television shows and movies..typically westerns.

It is about as dry and desolate as you can imagine!

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Shaw said...

Dear Hilary,

There were so many missings who went into the area early days as you say. It was exactly what I felt, feeling like watching the surface of the moon or Mars.

Thank you for your comment.

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Shaw said...

Hi Pete,

That was first time I stood there, though I have heard about it long time. It was desolate. No doubt. But there was funny beauty there, too. Thank you for your comment.

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