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Photographer's Note

Devil's Golf Course is a large salt pan on the floor of Death Valley.
It was named after a line in the 1934 National Park Service guide book to Death Valley National Monument, which stated that "Only the devil could play golf" on its surface, due to a rough texture from the large halite salt crystal formations.
A lake once covered the valley.
The salt in the Devil's Golf Course consists of the minerals that were dissolved in the lake's water and left behind in the Badwater Basin as the lake evaporated. With an elevation several feet above the valley floor at Badwater, the Devil's Golf Course remains dry, allowing weathering processes to sculpt the salt there into complicated forms.
Later studies suggest that in some places the salt depth ranges up to 2700 m.

The day I have taken this photo the temperature was 46 C (but the termometer was placed in the shade, under the hotel patio !).
The Death Valley is not a place to be visited in summer. But still, even if so hot, it is incredibly beautiful.

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  • Copyright: stefano marcellini (smarcell) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 62 N: 1474] (19965)
  • Genre: 地方
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2011-07-20
  • Categories: 自然
  • Exposure:f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
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  • Photo Version:Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-08-11 0:58
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