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Death Valley

BYU Geomorph class, Oct 16-18, 2015

The reason I have the exact dates here is that we just happened to be in Death Valley for the 1,000 year flood! Well, we were there for the start of it anyway. El Nino-related storms hit the park from the south for a few days, then from the north, then the south again, meaning we did not get to many of the locations we were hoping (Racetrack and even Badwater). However, we DID get to see lots of geology in action - fans crossing the road, rain in the desert, filled up playa surfaces and best of all - a flash flood crossing a road. It's a trip we won't soon forget. The pics start with our group shots at Mesquite Flats, which are out of order because they're from my waterproof camera. Don't miss the nice shots of the wet playa from Dante's View. The flood pics are at the end, at the Lathrop Wells junction on the 95.

VIDEOS:

Flood crossing the road at Lathrop Wells.
Driving through the waning flood.

Kitecam pics!

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Please credit Jani Radebaugh for all pics, thank you!