The extreme landscape of Death Valley • Earth.com

Last update: September 22nd, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the southern end of Death Valley National Park.

Death Valley is famous for being one of the driest and hottest places on Earth, but rain does occasionally fall here. When it rains, sediment is carried from the mountains and deposited as alluvial fans in the valley. Dry lakes can form before the water evaporates.

In this image, which was captured by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station, shadows highlight the sharp angles and slot canyons of the Owlshead Mountains.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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