Death Valley

Spring, 2006

In the spring of 2006 the LPL graduates students visited Death Valley, CA and the surrounding areas. Topics of discussion included playas and giant polygonal cracks, the effect of dams, alluvial fans, regional and local faulting, landslides, evalporites, salt weathering, phreatic volcanism, cinder cones, dunes, the snowball Earth, and rocks with secret lives of their own...


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searching for giant dessication polygons at Red Lake Playa
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tiny polygons
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We have giant cracks!
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A crack eye view
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camping in Joshua Tree forest (not N.P.)
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Day 2. Frost on the my tent
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Dave Choi points out the Hoover Dam
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faults with 50m offest at the Dam !?!
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Jani and Dave
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Lunch at Spring Mountain. Ranch State Park, NV
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Finding ourselves on the radar map of DV
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Colin describes alluvial fans
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The Morman Point turtleback fault
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Day 3. Diana describes phreatic volcanism at Ubehebe crater while the rest of freeze to death
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Ubehebe Crater
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Colin and Kevin at Little Hebe crater
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Race Track Playa
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Rocks that move when no ones watching...
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a rock's eye view
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the Human Sardine Can loses a tire
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Colin and his soon-to-be-abandoned poltergiest truck
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Day 4. Salt Creek
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Eve reminds us the power of wind to sculpt both rocks and hair at Ventifact ridge
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Some lovely ventifacts
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Panamint Mountains from ventifact ridge
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The Badwater salt flat from Ventifact Ridge
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Dave tees off at Devil's Golf Course
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Funky salt weathering
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Badwater Basin - lowest point in the North America
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A salty toe
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Diana, Veronica, Catherine and Crusty
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Crusty the salt man
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Dave Minton describes the evidence for the Snowball Earth hypothesis
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Kelso Dunes
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Day 5. Packing up at Amboy crater
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scrambling up Amboy
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Inside the cinder cone
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Impromptu stop at salt polygons, CA HWY 127
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salt crystals and a shameless plug for Canon

Links to some of my favorite images from other field trippers:

Catherine's hummingbird video
Jason's bird's eye view of tracks at Race Track playa

or just browse everyone's images...

Jason Barnes
Eve Berger
Dave Choi
Curtis Cooper
Brian Jackson
Dave Minton
Catherine Neish
Jani Radebaugh
Diana Smith
Kevin Stube
Robin Van Auken