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The Devil’s Golf Course is a large saltpan in Death Valley National Park. The salt is the result of mineral rich water evaporating until only the salts remain. Wind and rain shape the salt crystals into jagged, and often sharp, formations. Exploratory holes drilled prior to Death Valley becoming a national monument show that the salt and gravel beds of the Devil’s Golf Course are 1,000 feet deep or more. In the background is the Panamint Range.
Death Valley National Park, located in eastern California near the border with Nevada is one of the hottest spots on earth, holding the hottest recorded air temperature of 134 °F. The Park also is location of the lowest spot in North America, 282 feet below sea level at the vast salt flats at Badwater Basin. At 3.4 million acres, the park is the largest national park in the contiguous United States. Death Valley National Park sits between the Panamint Range on the west and Amargosa Range on the east.
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