Sunrise on the Death Valley Salt Pan

Death Valley salt pan

Death Valley's salt pan is hundreds of square miles in size. It is actually the broad distributary terminus of a desert river, called the Amargosa River --but it has no outlet, so all water emptying into Death Valley stays until it evaporates. As the water evaporates, it leaves behind salt. Beneath the salt pan lies thousands of feet of salt and gravel deposits.

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