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Salt formations in Cottonwood Basin are the result of mineral rich water evaporating until only the salts remain. It is a repeating process, which over thousands of years, forms layers of salt into crust. The Death Valley saltpan is one of the largest protected saltpans in North America.
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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