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Death Valley: A vast space, full of surprises

Badwater Basin salt flats in Death Valley

Photo: Ian Cady/Flickr

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Salt of the Earth

Also found at Badwater Basin are large stretches of salt flats. When rare rainstorms flood the valley bottom, a thin sheet of standing water is created. As it evaporates, salt is left behind. When there is a thin layer of water, the mirror-like surface is strange to behold.