Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Watery Death Valley

Yes, there is water in Death Valley.
Salt Creek is one of several seeps and springs in Death Valley.
It is home to one of nine pupfish species and subspecies, each one evolved and adapted to a specific environment. These environments were isolated from one another as the area dried and the pupfish evolved to suit their new environments, some hot, some cooler, some very salty. Will we be as able to adapt and survive as a species if our environment goes through such dramatic changes?
What's Jules looking at?
An example of what happens when the water disappears. The Devil's Golf Course and the salt flats in the Badwater Basin are the result of eons of mineral laden water that flow into Death Valley from the adjacent mountains but have no outlet to the sea. The water evaporates in the arid climate leaving the salts behind resulting in the vast salt flat and these salt formations. Click here for a more detailed explanation.
Find more watery sights and Watery Wednesday, hosted for us by 2sweetnsaxy.

15 comments:

Linda Reeder said...

We visited Death Valley two years ago in late January and loved it!

J Bar said...

Marvellous shots
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nuts said...

where is this place? wow. great shots. I'll read the details..

Carolyn Ford said...

Wow! Incredible shots of the salt flats and salt crystals. Death Valley is such can hold my interest without end! Beautiful!

Spiderdama said...

Nice place and wonderful shot!

AL said...

Nice water photo! Haven't gone there but sure it looks exciting!

ρομπερτ said...

What an impressive microscope of life you found, probably reflecting a macroscope picture of the world.
Please have you all a wonderful Wednesday.

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Laura Hegfield said...

very interesting finds!

fredamans said...

What a fantastic photo journey!

katney said...

Creative take for the water. We loved our trip to Death Valley and I wouldn't have minded staying longer. We were there in November. You hit heat, though? How hot? It was not a problme when we were there, but neither was cold. I suppose we could have camped, but we stayed an the Amargosa Opera House Motel in Death Valley Junction. Quaint and quirky and I wouldn't have missed it.

Diane AZ said...

Amazing how the fish could evolve and adapt to such harsh environments. I like your pictures, especially Jules at the Devil's Golf Course.

eileeninmd said...

Interesting photos and post. The pupfish are neat!

Gaelyn said...

I'm so jealous you got to see the pupfish. And I like your comment about us adapting to change.

Ann said...

I would love to have been with you. May be when we are retired, I will persuade my husband to come to visit USA again.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I'd forgotten about the pupfish! I'd love to go back to Death Valley sometime -- we were there so long ago -- no camera, no blog back then.
Thanks again for sharing your trip.