Badwater Basin, Death Valley, California, USA by Phillip Rubaloff

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The hexagonal salt crystals seen here are formed by the evaporation and weathering of

the residual layers of salt that have been building in depth over time. Badwater Basin here in the park is a closed system and the short winter rains evaporate over time to leave salt and silt which forms crystals in the cracks left in the basin by evaporation.

The patterns are never the same and every time that I return they give a different presentation. You have to be extremely careful not to get stuck when the basin is filled with water.

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    Enjoyed your presentation of Badwater, especially the pre-dawn color of the salt. Makes me want to make it out to Badwater very early next time I visit DV.

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