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The Geology of Western National Parks: Death Valley, California

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Monday, June 5, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1NV031
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Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley National Park

Join geologist Kirt Kempter as he explores the geology of Western National Parks over the course of 2023, with an in-depth look at one location every month. Each program’s content is enhanced by geologic maps, photos, and Google Earth imagery.

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Death Valley, California

Death Valley National Park was established in 1994 because of its tremendous diversity of geologic features, stunning desert vistas, and unique Mojave desert ecosystems. Kirt Kempter offers a geologic tour of the park, including ancient 1.8 billion-year-old rocks in the Black Mountains, volcanic craters and deposits formed just 2,000 years ago, and world-class examples of alluvial fan and playa deposits. The lowest point in North America occurs in the park at Badwater Basin, 282 feet below sea level. The park includes classic basin and range geology, a relatively young chapter in Death Valley’s complex and lengthy geologic story.

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