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When talking about the most extreme weather across America, you are guaranteed to talk about Death Valley. This remote place in California is one of the hottest places on earth, in addition to being the lowest point on its continent.

This picture was taken about 30 m below sea level, but at most, the valley reaches an altitude of -86 meter (-282 feet). The temperatures often stay above 40 degrees celcius in the summer, and at the moment when this picture was taken, it was 42 (108 in fahrenheit). Death Valley holds the world record for hottest temperature ever recorded in July with 56,7 degrees celcius.

The valley is extremely dry, with about 50 mm of rainfall each year. No animals, but handfull of plants manage to survive in this hostile climate.

I remember the place as a really interesting and unusual place, but it's definitely not a place you would want to stay for too long. I'm glad I've been there though, because it's a lifetime experience. The highest mountain in USA (except Alaska and Hawaii) is located just outside the national park, so this is really the place where the extremes of America is.

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Additional Photos by Fredrik Henriksen (Bergenphotos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 271 W: 53 N: 646] (3310)
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