Badwater Basin Salt Flats
Death Valley, CA
The Salt Flats in Badwater Basin cover over 200 sq miles and is the largest protected salt flats in the world.
The rain falling on distant peaks creates floods that rush lower. Along the way, minerals dissolve from rocks and join the flood. Here, at the lowest elevation, 282 ft. below sea level, the flood waters form temporary lakes. As the water evaporates, minerals concentrate until all that remains is salt.
After thousands of years, enough salts have washed into the basin to produce layer upon layer of salt crust.
We walked out onto the salt and it was very surreal. Also, a storm was coming and we were watching it come across the mountains. A very amazing day in Death Valley.