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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Death Valley,

SE Calif. and SW Nev., a deep, arid basin, 140 mi (225 km) long, bordered on the W by the Panamint Range and on the E by the Amargosa Range. In summer the valley has recorded some of the world's highest air temperatures (134°F;/56.7°C;, the world record) and ground temperatures (165°F;/74°C;). Less than 2 in. (5 cm) of rain falls annually; the small Amargosa River and Furnace Creek disappear into the sands. Salt and alkali flats, unique rock formations, and briny pools are found there. Badwater, in the south central part of Death Valley, is 282 ft (86 m) below sea level, the lowest point in the Americas; Telescope Peak, in the Panamint Range, is 11,049 ft (3,368 m) high. In spite of the harsh environment, a large variety of small animals and desert plants are found in Death Valley; they have attracted much scientific attention. Native Americans of Panamint descent, an offshoot of the Shoshone, are the only group ever to be self-subsisting in the region.

Death Valley was named by gold seekers who undertook to cross this desolate region in 1849 on their way to the California gold fields. The valley yielded gold and silver in the 1850s, and in the 1880s borax was discovered and taken out by mule-drawn wagons. The valley was much publicized by the American adventurer Walter Scott ("Death Valley Scotty"), and it remains a popular tourist attraction. Death Valley National Park, 3,367,628 acres (1,363,412 hectares), a protected region of Death Valley, was established as a national monument in 1933 and designated a national park in 1994. See also National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Death Valley

sterile, arid basin in Nevada and California. [Geography: EB, III: 417]

Death Valley

a desert valley in E California and W Nevada: the lowest, hottest, and driest area of the US. Lowest point: 86 m (282 ft.) below sea level. Area: about 3885 sq. km (1500 sq. miles)
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Before reaching Death Valley, the wagons had to be abandoned, and most of the cattle were killed for food.
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Spinning tales of lost gold mines and throwing money around like confetti, Scott bilked a wealthy Eastern businessman out of more than $5,000 to finance a supposed gold strike in Death Valley.
Summer temperatures in Death Valley commonly reach more than 120F - or 49C.
Temperatures in Death Valley reach up to 35degC (95degF) in autumn but Virginia, who has been cycling since she was 16, isn't worried.
Tom Bowman flies staff writer Jim Skeen over the R-2508 airspace, a massive military testing and training flight area covering much of eastern and central California, including the Sierra Nevada mountain range and Death Valley National Park.
The Death Valley Californian Cycle Challenge, from March 4-11 next year, is being organised by the charity Mines Advisory Group (MAG).
Mr Hughes will be part of a five-strong team taking part in the four-day Death Valley challenge.
Illustrated with 65 original computer-generated topographic maps, Hiking Death Valley offers 280 hiking or driving destinations, paths ranging from simple day hikes to multiple-day treks, eight desert ranges, distance and elevation tables for all routes, geology, flora, and fauna information, advice for desert hiking, and much more.
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