“Random encounters with the unusual” is a repository for the oddities that me and Mrs J have encountered on our travels, which we find interesting or amusing in some way. Have a look, maybe you will find something interesting or amusing herein.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The Devil’s Golf Course

The Devil's Golf Course is a salt flat in Death Valley (part of the Mojave Desert), where crystallised salts form a complex and jagged landscape which fill the valley as far as the eye can see. The valley was once home to a lake, and it was the evaporation of this lake over the centuries that led to the salt formations being left behind.

The salt formations that comprise The Devil’s Golf Course are ever changing, and are continually sculpted by the weather. Apparently, if you listen closely on a warm day the expansion and contraction of the salt pinnacles can lead to a metallic cracking sound being heard.

The salt beds are believed to be extensive, with some studies suggesting that their depth ranges from 300m to 2,700m in places.

The Devil's Golf Course.
The Devil's Golf Course.
Salt formation close up.
Salt formation close up.
Notice board.
A sign showing sea-level.

 Mr Fox, approximately 85m below sea level, but still dry!
Pictures, California (2008).

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