Artwork By Mother Nature
An amazing process unfolds at Badwater Basin as the elements flood the salt pan and then extreme evaporation removes the moisture creating a new canvas for Mother Nature with each cycle of rain / evaporation.
As the water in the salt flats evaporate, the salt flats contract and hence occupy less space. The basic form of contraction is that the ground contracts to a point in 6 directions, under ideal circumstances forming hexagons. However Mother Nature is not perfect, and hexagons are rare. The general term for the shapes produced by this drying out-related contraction is "polygon". At Badwater, significant rainstorms flood the valley bottom periodically, covering the salt pan with a thin sheet of standing water. Each newly-formed lake does not last long though, because the 1.9 in of average rainfall is overwhelmed by a 150 in annual evaporation rate. Death Valley National Park has the greatest evaporation rate in the United States.
January 10th, 2020
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