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Death Valley

Geomorphology class 2014

We got back to the full up Death Valley field trip this year, after a minor excursion last year to parts of the Mojave. It was my favorite kind of weather - hot and hot! We had highs of nearly 100 and comfortable lows of about 65, though luckily we had some cloud cover the last day on the playas. It was also coolish up at Racetrack Playa, which had a fair amount of traffic this year from the newly solved mystery of the racing rocks! Thanks, Ralph and Brian. We had some firsts this year - there was NO Moon, so we had ridiculously good stargazing, we almost didn't even need to leave the fire and still saw a ton of stars. We also got the kitecam up at Mesquite dunes, see below. We saw a ton of tarantulas this trip. At least three. We got a flat tire, finally, on Racetrack road! But the pit crew got us up and running before we knew it. Great times were had by all in the deepest reaches of the country.

Kitecam pics!

VIDEO from the kitecam

Some favorites:

KITECAM! Colin ponders the grand beauty With my great TAs Brad and Ethan
A smoky, cozy camp Lakebed clays and dunes No way!!
Lovely ripples Racing rocks A new field trip star
A geomorph class first! Lovely salt structures Group pic!

All pics are below.

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Please credit Jani Radebaugh for all pics, thank you!