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Death Valley: A vast space, full of surprises

Death Valley at twilight

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Hot, dry and very cool

For a location with a name as forbidding as Death Valley, this extreme location has a surprising amount of life — from miles of wildflowers blooming after rare rainstorms, to oases that are home to tiny fish. This may be the hottest place on the planet, and the driest place in North America, but it is a national park that you'll want to see during your lifetime. Click through this photo gallery to see why. (Text: Jaymi Heimbuch)