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  • Death Valley breaks 100-year-old record for hottest month ever in July

    08/04/2017 9:29:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 72 replies ^ | 8/4/2017 | Joe Serna
    There’s hot, and then there’s Death Valley hot. While Southern California and much of the West cooked in July under a pair of heat waves that killed livestock, knocked out power and encouraged wildfires, nowhere was the heat more brutally enduring than in Death Valley. According to the National Weather Service, Death Valley National Park broke its 100-year-old record for the hottest month ever in July, when the average temperature was 107.4 degrees, eclipsing the 1917 record of 107.2 degrees. Though 107 degrees doesn’t sound that bad, keep in mind the average includes nighttime temperatures. The average overnight temperature in...
  • Death Valley Is Experiencing a Colorful 'Superbloom' (AlGore is enraged)

    02/23/2016 2:42:00 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 34 replies
    Death Valley, one of the hottest places on Earth, is currently a riot of color: More than 20 different kinds of desert wildflowers are in bloom there after record-breaking rains last October. It's the best bloom there since 2005, according to Abby Wines, a spokeswoman for Death Valley National Park, and "it just keeps getting better and better." The flowers started poking up in November, but the particularly colorful display emerged late last month in the park, which is mainly in California but stretches across the Nevada border. On Twitter and Instagram, park visitors have taken to calling it a...
  • 'Wandering stones' of Death Valley explained

    08/29/2014 3:15:01 PM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 39 replies
    nature ^ | 27 August 2014
    Ending a half-century of geological speculation, scientists have finally seen the process that causes rocks to move atop Racetrack Playa, a desert lake bed in the mountains above Death Valley, California. Researchers watched a pond freeze atop the playa, then break apart into sheets of ice that — blown by wind — shoved rocks across the lake bed. Until now, no one has been able to explain why hundreds of rocks scoot unseen across the playa surface, creating trails behind them like children dragging sticks through the mud. “It’s a delight to be involved in sorting out this kind of...
  • High-Tech Sleuthing Cracks Mystery of Death Valley's Moving Rocks

    08/29/2014 12:16:04 PM PDT · by zeugma · 11 replies
    Livescience ^ | August 27, 2014 | Becky Oskin
    The first witnesses to an enduring natural mystery are an engineer, a biologist and a planetary scientist who met thanks to a remote weather station. Lacking direct evidence, explanations for this geologic puzzle ran the gamut, from Earth's magnetic field to gale-force winds to slippery algae. Now, with video, time-lapse photographs and GPS tracking of Racetrack Playa's moving rocks, the mystery has finally been solved.
  • Mystery of California's 'Wandering Stones' solved

    08/28/2014 10:20:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies ^ | 4:07PM BST 28 Aug 2014 | By Hannah Marsh
    It's a geological enigma that's had scientists speculating for half a century. But the mystery behind Death Valley's 'Wandering Stones' has finally been uncovered. It was previously unknown what caused the rocks to move across Racetrack Playa, a desert lake bed in the mountains above California's Death Valley, leaving their distinctive trails behind them. But researchers have witnessed a thin layer of water freezing over the lake, before breaking into sheets the thickness of a window pane and nudging the rocks as they were blown by the breeze. “It’s a delight to be involved in sorting out this kind of...
  • Are the gods playing marbles on Mars?

    06/11/2013 7:21:19 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 6/11/13 | Victoria Jaggard
    (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona) A rolling stone gathers no moss – but on Mars it can nevertheless cloak itself in mystery. This NASA image shows the track of a boulder that rolled across the Nili Fossae region of Mars. For now it is anyone's guess what set the rock in motion. This false-colour picture (click on it for higher resolution) was posted on 7 June to the Beautiful Mars Tumblr feed, a collection of high-resolution shots from the HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. It shows dark, jagged tracks left in the soil by a lumpy boulder, probably...
  • The Racetrack in Death Valley

    07/23/2010 6:14:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Smith College ^ | Lena Fletcher and Anne Nester
    Actively studied for 50 years, the rocks that mysteriously move around the dried lake bed playa in Death Valley, called the Racetrack, are yet to have an unquestionable explanation for their movement. ... In 1976 Robert Sharp and Dwight Carey diputed the ice-sheet theory. They analyzed the tracks and concluded because of track characteristics and the geometries of the tracks relative to each other that ice sheets could not have been involved in forming the tracks and moving the rocks. Sharp and Carey concluded due to the non-parallel nature and the crossing of some trails that it would be impossible...
  • Look What They Found on the Moon!

    08/23/2010 11:07:10 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 55 replies ^ | 8 / 23 / 2010 | --From the Editors at Netscape
    By now, most of us know there is water on the moon. But did you know that it comes in three flavors and there is so much of it--158 billion gallons--that it could fill all of Seattle's water needs for three years? It turns out there is water all over the lunar landscape, which is rather astonishing since astronomers were convinced for such a long time that it was bone dry. and report this all changed when actual measurements were taken using the Mini-SAR and Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3 or "M-cubed") instruments on India's Chandrayaan-1 moon probe and...
  • The Strange Rubbing Boulders of the Atacama

    10/11/2011 3:03:04 PM PDT · by decimon · 22 replies
    Geological Society of America ^ | October 11, 2011 | Unknown
    Boulder, CO, USA – A geologist's sharp eyes and upset stomach has led to the discovery, and almost too-close encounter, with an otherworldly geological process operating in a remote corner of northern Chile's Atacama Desert. The sour stomach belonged to University of Arizona geologist Jay Quade. It forced him and his colleagues Peter Reiners and Kendra Murray to stop their truck at a lifeless expanse of boulders which they had passed before without noticing anything unusual. "I had just crawled underneath the truck to get out of the sun," Quade said. The others had hiked off to look around, as...
  • Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

    08/28/2014 6:11:20 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 29 August 2014 | Anonymous
    For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth. Now two researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, have photographed these "sailing rocks" being blown by light winds across the former lake bed. Richard Norris and James Norris said the movement is made possible when ice sheets that form after rare overnight rains melt in the rising sun, making the hard ground muddy and slick. On Dec. 20, 2013, the...
  • Death Valley Was Cooler Than Missoula, Montana On Sunday (Record Summer Low)

    08/04/2014 9:30:34 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-4-2014 | Angela Fritz
    <p>Death Valley, Calif., which is known for being the world’s hottest location, maxed out at a relatively chilly 89 degrees on Sunday. This temperature – nearly 30 degrees below average – was its coolest high temperature on record for the date by a whopping 15 degrees. The previous record of 104 was set in 1945.</p>
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Sailing Stone in Death Valley

    02/21/2012 9:54:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies · 3+ views
    NASA ^ | February 22, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: How did this big rock end up on this strange terrain? One of the more unusual places here on Earth occurs inside Death Valley, California, USA. There a dried lakebed named Racetrack Playa exists that is almost perfectly flat, with the odd exception of some very large stones, one of which is pictured above. Now the flatness and texture of large playa like Racetrack are fascinating but not scientifically puzzling -- they are caused by mud flowing, drying, and cracking after a heavy rain. Only recently, however, has a viable scientific hypothesis been given to explain how 300-kilogram sailing...
  • Explosive Volcano May Lurk Beneath Death Valley

    01/23/2012 7:26:42 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Live Science ^ | January 23, 2012
    California's Death Valley, already one of the hottest places on Earth, may have the potential to get a whole lot hotter — and live up to its name in a surprising (and possibly scary) new way, according to new research. Scientists have long known that the craters that pepper this dry landscape were formed by long-ago volcanic eruptions, triggered when hot magma ascending from inside the planet hit pockets of water. Some researchers now think the area erupted far more recently than thought, meaning the parched swath of central California, home to desolate salt flats and scalding temperatures, could be...
  • A Timelapse Journey with Nature: 2009-2011 (Stunning, Awe-Inspiring Video)

    09/09/2011 2:34:18 PM PDT · by mojito · 8 replies
    Vimeo ^ | 7/19/2011 | Henry Jun Wah Lee
    A timelapse journey with nature.
  • 34,000-year-old bacteria discovered...and it's still alive

    01/19/2011 5:36:07 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 13, 2011 | Andrea Mustain
    Salt crystals grow very quickly, imprisoning whatever happens to be floating -- or living -- nearby inside tiny bubbles just a few microns across, akin to naturally made, miniature snow-globes... Lowenstein said new research indicates this process occurs in modern saline lakes, further backing up Schubert's astounding discovery, which was first revealed about a year ago... Schubert, now an assistant researcher at the University of Hawaii, said the bacteria -- a salt-loving sort still found on Earth today -- were shrunken and small, and suspended in a kind of hibernation state... The key to the microbes' millennia-long survival may be...
  • Pictures: What Drives Death Valley's Roving Rocks?

    09/12/2010 11:01:32 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 49 replies · 2+ views
    nationalgeographic. ^ | September 8, 2010 | Christine Dell'Amore
    One of the mysterious peripatetic, or roving, rocks of Death Valley National Park in California and Nevada sits at the end of a curved track in a summer 2010 picture. Found in the Racetrack—an aptly named dry lakebed, or playa—the moving rocks have stumped scientists since the 1940s. For instance, the rocks are thought to move as fast as a walking person, but they've never been seen in action. Previous studies have shown that gravity or earthquakes can't explain the objects' movements. Now a student-research project led by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has lent support to the idea that,...
  • Las Vegas Boy Dies After Getting Stranded in Death Valley

    08/07/2009 6:59:42 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 104 replies · 4,359+ views
    Las Vegas Now ^ | Aug 7, 2009 | AP
    <p>An 11-year-old Las Vegas boy died after his mother's car got stuck in sand for five days on their way to Death Valley for a camping trip, officials said Friday.</p> <p>Carlos Sanchez and his 28-year-old mother set out for an overnight trip to the area Aug. 1, but were stranded when their car got stuck about 20 miles east of Trona. The mother's name has not been released.</p>
  • Heat Kills Boy, 11, Lost With His Mother In Death Valley

    08/07/2009 10:04:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies · 1,697+ views
    LATimes ^ | August 07, 2009
    Heat kills boy, 11, lost with his mother in Death Valley The two were stranded for days in a remote area. The child's mother is being treated for severe dehydration. Associated Press August 7, 2009 An 11-year-old boy died in the intense heat of Death Valley National Park after he and his mother became stranded and survived for several days on bottled water, Pop-Tarts and cheese sandwiches, authorities said Friday. Alicia Sanchez, 28, of Las Vegas was found severely dehydrated and remained hospitalized in that city a day after being found with her dead son, her dog and a Jeep...
  • Charles Manson's Last Hideout Burns Down

    05/08/2009 3:44:07 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 689+ views
    ktla ^ | May 7, 2009
    DEATH VALLEY - Charles Manson's last hideout, Barker Ranch, has been gutted by fire. Death Valley National Park spokesman Terry Baldino said Thursday that the isolated cabin was discovered burned on Tuesday. He says it's not known if it was an accident or a deliberate act. The cabin was last seen intact Friday and may have burned over the weekend. Manson and his followers hid at the cabin after killing actress Sharon Tate and seven others in the summer of 1969. He was arrested there that fall and is serving a life sentence. For years, there were rumors that other...
  • Charles Manson's last hideout burns in California (Barker Ranch destroyed)

    05/07/2009 9:32:49 PM PDT · by lainie · 10 replies · 809+ views
    google/ap ^ | 5-7-2009
    DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A California desert cabin that became cult leader Charles Manson's last hideout has been gutted by fire. Death Valley National Park spokesman Terry Baldino said Thursday that the isolated cabin was discovered burned on Tuesday. He says it's not known if it was an accident or a deliberate act. The cabin was last seen intact Friday and may have burned over the weekend.