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Death Valley Field Trip
January 19, 2018 to January 21, 2018
Death Valley Furnace Creek Visitor Center
(address is of the Post Office 400 meters from VC)
Death Valley National Park
328 Greenland Blvd.
Death Valley, CA 92328
Death Valley is one of the hottest places in the world at the height of summertime, that's why this annual trip is planned for the coolest time of the year.
It has the point of the lowest elevation in North America, at 282 feet below sea level. The highest point in Death Valley is Telescope Peak in the Panamint Range, which has an elevation of 11,043 feet.
Death Valley has an area of about 3,000 sq mi and is one of the best geological examples of a basin and range configuration.
It also has several earthquake fault lines. The valley is bisected by a right lateral strike slip fault system, represented by the Death Valley Fault and the Furnace Creek Fault. The Garlock Fault is on the eastern end of the Death Valley Fault.
As the area turned from lakebed to desert and the water evaporated, an abundance of evaporitic salts such as common sodium salts and borax formed.
Death Valley is home to the Timbisha tribe of Native Americans, formerly known as the Panamint Shoshone, who have inhabited the valley for at least the past millennium. Some families still live in the valley at Furnace Creek. Another village was in Grapevine Canyon near the present site of Scotty's Castle. Scotty's Castle is closed until sometime in 2019 due to flooding damage in 2015.
Something for every one, and fantastic photo opportunities!
Register so you can receive campsite and meeting information.
For those that don't want to camp, hotels are available