Slater, Linda: Death Valley: The Hottest Place on Earth, and the Driest and Lowest Place in North America

Posted on April 5th, 2017 in Environment,Travel by LeGov

Death Valley, the hottest place on earth and the driest and lowest place in North America is a spectacularly beautiful 3.4 million acre National Park. 91% of this outdoor “classroom,” has been designated as a Wilderness and protected by Congress.

Our guest in this edition of Radio Curious is Linda Slater, a National Park Ranger for the past 30 years and currently the Chief of Interpretation at Death Valley National Park.

In this wildly beautiful and dangerously hot place is the lowest point in North America, at 282 feet below sea level. Death Valley, replete with rolling sand dunes, deep winding smooth marble canyons, spring-fed oases, and crusted barren salt flats averages 2 inches of rain per year.

We visited with Linda Slater on March 15, 2017, in the Radio Curious mobile studio. While parked next to a rock strewn area, so white that it appeared to be covered in snow, yet the outside temperature was 100 degrees, our conversation began with Linda Slater’s description of that white material.

You can listen to the full interview here.

The books Linda Slater recommends are: Death Valley and the Northern Mojave: A Visitor’s Guide by William C. Tweed and Lauren Davis, and Deserts – A Comprehensive Field Guide, to the Wildflowers, Birds, Reptiles, Insects, and Other Natural Wonders of North America’s Deserts, from Oregon to Mexico, by James A. MacMahon.

 

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