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    Death Valley

    National Park CA,NV

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    Expect high temperatures of 100 to 120 degrees F on your summer visit to Death Valley. Heat related illness is a real possibility. Drink plenty of water and carry extra. Avoid activity in the heat. Travel prepared to survive. Watch for signs of trouble. More »

  • Zabriskie Point to close for repairs

    Starting October 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015, all access to Zabriskie Point and surrounding area will be closed for major rehabilitation work to repair unstable support walls and improve conditions. CA Hwy 190 will remain open to through traffic.

Lowest Places on Earth

world map with lowest places
An arid environment is necessary for land exposed below sea level.

Earth’s Lowest Elevations

  • Dead Sea (Jordan/Israel) -1360 feet (-414 m)
  • Lake Assal (Djibouti, Africa) -509 feet (-155 m)
  • Turpan Pendi (China) -505 feet (-154 m)
  • Qattara Depression (Egypt) -435 feet (-133 m)
  • Vpadina Kaundy (Kazakstan) -433 ft (-132 m)
  • Denakil (Ethiopia) -410 ft (-125 m)
  • Laguna del Carbón (Argentina) -344 ft (-105 m)
  • Death Valley (United States) -282 ft (-86 m)
  • Vpadina Akchanaya (Turkmenistan) -266 ft (-81 m)
  • Salton Sea (California) -227 ft (-69 m)
  • Sebkhet Tah (Morroco) -180 ft (-55 m)
  • Sabkhat Ghuzayyil (Libya) -154 ft (-47 m)
  • Lago Enriquillo (Dominican Republic) -151 ft (-46 m)
  • Salinas Chicas (Argentina) -131 ft (-40 m)
  • Caspian Sea (Central Asia) -92 ft (-28 m)
  • Lake Eyre (Australia) -49 ft (-15 m)

Rock Bottom
As the lowest point in North America, Death Valley belongs to a world-wide geographic rogues’ gallery, whose members share these defining features:

  • To have exposed land below sea level, an extremely dry climate is necessary. In wet climates, low places fill with water and overflow to the sea. A dry climate evaporates water, leaving behind salt flats or briny lakes.
  • Like most of these locations, Death Valley was not created by a river’s erosion. Movements in the earth’s crust have dropped it to such great depths.

Below Sea Level
Sea level is the average elevation of the world’s ocean surface and is the standard from which all other elevations are measured. Regardless of tides, “sea level” remains constant.

Did You Know?

The MNesquite Dunes in Death Valley National Park

In 1917, Death Valley recorded 52 days with temperatures over 120 degrees and 43 consecutive days over 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The original long hot summer. More...