Death Valley California also known as dead valley is a desert valley located in Eastern California. It is the lowest, driest, and hottest area in North America. Death Valley constitutes much of Death Valley National Park and is the principal feature of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts Biosphere Reserve. The valley itself is 130 miles long, between six and 13 miles wide and is surrounded by steep mountain ranges. Its three million acres of wilderness and rich cultural history make it a lifetime’s work to explore all that the valley has to offer. Death Valley CA is unique because it contains spectacular desert scenery, rare desert wildlife, complex geology, undisturbed wilderness and sites of historical interest. The Valley is home to a wide variety of wildlife, from bighorn sheep and mountain lions down to abundant butterfly species like the Square-spotted Blue, Indra Swallowtail and Western Pygmy Blue.
Death Valley California was mined extensively for gold, silver, copper, tungsten, lead, zinc, antimony and borax. The last mining operation, the Billie Mine, located along the Dante’s View road, ceased operations in 2005. Death Valley was named by gold-seekers, some of whom died crossing the valley during the 1849 California gold rush. Dead Valley has a subtropical, hot desert climate (Köppen: BWh), with long, extremely hot summers and short, warm or mild winters, as well as little rainfall.
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