View of Death Valley salt pan from near Dantes View. The white material on the valley floor is salt. Note the
alluvial fans; they tend to be small and well-defined on the east side but coalesce into a large bajada on the west side.
The generally accepted explanation for this asymmetry is that the valley floor is tilted gently eastward because of
the faulting, which causes material on the downdropped east side to become trapped.


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