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Death Valley: A vast space, full of surprises

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on June 14, 2013, 5:16 p.m.
The winding road that leads to the entrance of Death Valley National Park

Photo: Frank Kehren/Flickr

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Home to human stories

Plants and animals aren't the only species with a history here. Death Valley also has an interesting human history. The Timbisha Shoshone Indians lived here for centuries, and later mining parties came to the valley looking for minerals including silver and borax. As Death Valley National Park's website states, "The human stories in this vast land are as numerous as the variations of color found in the hills and valleys here."