National Geographic : 1966 Jul
KODACHROMESBY WILLIAM BELKNAP. JR. (C) N.G.S. Popping from spiny leaves, blossoms of beaver tail cactus brighten California's Death Valley. Waves of sand crest above visitors near Stove pipe Wells in Death Valley National Monument. Corrugated mountain wall shimmers like a hazy sky behind the loftiest dune. New World's lowest pool, brackish Badwater lies 280 feet below sea level. Within five miles are two points that measure -282 feet, lowest in the Western Hemisphere. Snow-crowned Panamint Range climbs two miles above the desert floor. A sun-tortured sink 140 miles long, Death Val ley has recorded 134°0 . in the shade. Yet a host of creatures adapt, from tiny pulfish to bighorn sheep. With autumn, visitors flock to ghost towns and alkali flats where 20-mule teams hauled borax.