Lake with a length of 16 kilometers was formed in Death Valley after heavy rainfall in southern California: their number in the region March 5 and 6 was 2.2 inches – almost three times more than the average for March.
Death valley (Death Valley) is the hottest and driest place in North America. Record rainfall or large bodies of water here is extremely rare. However, it still happens each time hitting explorers and researchers. So, after a strong storm in the desert rain and temperature reduction throughout southern California, photographer Elliot Machacek (Elliott McGucken) in an attempt to get to the Badwater basin came across a giant lake.
“It senses from the world of surreal to see so much water in the driest place on Earth. Ironically, because of this I was not able to go down to the pool, Badwater, but I think these pictures are of great value,” says Machacek who posted photos in his instagram.
The lake is located near salt Creek – East region of the national Park. The images show a temporary lake with a length of 16 kilometers, with a range of Panamint in the background: in this incredibly arid place there is the lake, in fact, not need so much water.
According to meteorologist Chris Dolce, since water is hardly absorbed in desert conditions, even moderate precipitation can cause flooding in Death Valley. A flash flood can occur even where there was no rain, the usually dry streams or beams (dry or with a temporary watercourse valley with grass-covered slopes) can be flooded due to rainfall upstream. Death valley is in Eastern California, and in the summer it can be one of the hottest places in the world.
The fifteenth of July, 1972, there was recorded the highest natural temperature of the earth’s surface – 93.9 degrees Celsius. And for the last two years there was also documented the hottest month in the entire history of observations. In addition, it is also the driest place in all of North America: in a typical year there is only 60 millimeters of rain.
However, there are exceptions: for example, rainfall in the region March 5 and 6 was 2.2 inches – almost three times more than the normal average for the month of March. Despite its name, Death Valley remains a large diversity of life: when the rare rains the wildflowers bloom, and temporary oasis to become a home for small fish and a refuge for people and wild animals.