Death Valley 2008


Driving over a pass on HWY 190, and there one descends into Death Valley



It may look like rain, and it probably is, but not a drop hits the parched earth
A distant dune field





When the evaporation rate is this high, it does not pay to have large leaves
Another dune field, this one close to HWY 190 and easily accessible
Some highly adapted plant species that can live where the annual rainfall amount is 2 in (5.1 cm)



Foreign and domestic car manufacturers test drive their cars in these extreme conditions. Here some brand of disguised SUV



A side road beckons the hardy adventurer

As the tire tracks indicate, here most people want to do just one thing, make tracks and get out of there


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