Monday, February 22, 2010

More Death Valley Photographs - Salt Creek

The hottest place we visited was not Badwater - that was just the lowest - but Salt Creek. The sun reflected over the salt-covered ground, just as it does off of snow, seeming to concentrate the already intense heat.

The creek itself is famous above all for its fish, called "pup fish", that gradually evolved to be able to withstand the salinity that became ever more intense as the desert grew dryer following the end of the last ice age. The water in the creek is more saline than seawater, yet the "freshwater" pup fish are thriving.

No comments: