November 4, 2015

Lake Manly, Dumont Dunes


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Water on the salt flats at Badwater

The salt flats at Badwater were flooded during the storms of October 2015. For a few weeks it looked like a temporary return of Pleistocene Lake Manly.

Death Valley National Park, California

November 4, 2015
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Wet salt at Badwater

Heavy rains a month before flooded the salt flats and melted the surface layers of salt. Gradually salt will rise through the mud and crystalize on the surface, recreating the usual brilliant white color.

Death Valley National Park, California

November 4, 2015
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The trail from Badwater out onto the salt flats

Heavy pedestrian traffic is gradually re-establishing the trail leading from the Badwater viewpoint out onto the salt flats.

Death Valley National Park, California

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Salt of different textures at Badwater

In addition to minerals other than salt, the salt flats vary in the proportions and types of mud included, and the time since the last re-wetting.

Death Valley National Park, California

November 4, 2015
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Dumont Dunes approach road

Wind-blown sand from the southern parts of Death Valley and the bend of the Amargosa River accumulates here to form the Dumont Dunes.

Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Area, California

November 4, 2015
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Barren flats at the Dumont Dunes

These dunes were excluded from the Desert Protection Act of 1994 as a concession to off-road vehicle recreation. The flat area west of the dunes is used for camping and concession services. As many as 15,000 to 20,000 people gather here on holiday weekends.

Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Area, California

November 4, 2015
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Amargosa River at Dumont Dunes

The Amargosa River is often dry at this point but in late 2015 heavy rain brought it back to life.

Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Area, California

November 4, 2015
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Salt Creek Hills Riparian Area

Designated as an ACEC, Area of Critical Environmental Concern, this small area of riparian vegetation contrasts dramatically with its arid surroundings.

Salt Creek Hills ACEC, near Dumont Dunes, California

November 4, 2015
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Salt Creek Hills

Removal of invasive tamarisk trees is ongoing at the Salt Creek Hills ACEC.

Salt Creek Hills ACEC, near Dumont Dunes, California

November 4, 2015
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