Salt Flats at Badwater, Photo Gallery, Death Valley National Park, California

Salt Flats at Badwater

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley formed as north-south fault lines stretched and pulled the earth?s crust apart, forcing mountainous uplifts on either side while the expanding space in between sank. The resulting 120-mile long basin is known as a Graben, geologically defined as a depressed land mass paralleled by faults and escarpments at the base of uplifted mountain ranges. The Death Valley graben is bound by the Amargosa Range to the east and Panamint Range to the west.

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