A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
025: Bad Water
Death Valley is not only one of the world’s hottest and driest locations, but it also hosts the lowest point in North America: 85 m above sea level. At less than 140 km is one of the highest peaks in the USA: Mount Whitney with its peak at little more than 4400 m. The precise location of the lowest point is not far from Badwater, a limited drainage basin that is very small and shallow. It was once fed by lake Manly, that once has the size of 1600 square km, and a dept of about 300 meters. About ten thousand years ago, the lake disappeared through evaporation. Nowadays Badwater only measures 8 by 12, with only a small fraction filled with water. You cannot miss badwater: there are many signs that may direct you directly to the shallow pool of heavily sanilized water.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 1999, 2017