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Death Valley

California - July 20-27, 2007

Death Valley is an extreme place...

The lowest point in North America, and the place with the highest temperature ever recorded. Of course I had to visit there in July, the hottest time of the year, not only to experience & document the incredible heat but also to film the Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. This foot race is 135 miles from Badwater (-282 feet below sea level) up to the Mount Whitney Portal (Over 8300 feet). The level of athleticism is incredible, watching these people run 5 marathons for days on end across the desert, uphill most of the way.

More details about the race can be found here.

Death Valley - Hottest Place in the World

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121 degrees, that's 49 Celsius... It's like being in an oven.

The road leading to Furnace Creek where the hottest temperature in North America was ever measured. 134 Degrees!

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"Devil's Golf Course" where salt formations create an alien landscape.

Attempting to walk across the Devil's Golf Course.

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Badwater Basin. The lowest point in North America - 282 feet below sea level.

Extremely salty water evaporates and leaves behind salt crystals.

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A typical Death Valley landscape.

The extreme heat and dryness makes it tough for anything to thrive here.

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Afternoon light in Death Valley.

"Artist's Paillette" - Various mineral deposits combine in a wild array of colours.

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The abandoned ghost town of Rhyolite which once was home to thousands of residents.

Rain clouds gathering...Yet only a few drops made it to the ground. The rest evaporated before reaching the Earth.

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Death Valley rainbow.

The great salt flats at Badwater.

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The salt is all that remains of the ancient sea that was once here.

Looking out over the vast salt flats.

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Runners competing in the Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. The toughest foot race in the world - 135 miles from Badwater to the Mount Whitney Portal.

A Badwater runner on one of the many uphill sections of the race.

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The runners continue through the night, the fastest finishing in about 24 hours, the slowest in 60 hours.

The finish line - Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states. The runners continue up to the start of the trail at over 8300 feet.

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Sand dunes near Stovepipe Wells.

Vast sand dunes near sunset.

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Ubehebe volcanic crater.

The view from Zabriskie Point.