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by Janet Spencer Death Valley is the driest spot in the U.S. It’s also the lowest spot in the Western Hemisphere. And it is one of the hottest spots on Earth. Join Tidbits as we tour one of America’s most unusual national parks. • It’s BIG! Death Valley National Park is the largest national park outside Alaska. The valley is about 130-140 miles long, and the valley floor averages 5 miles wide. The national park contains nearly 3.4 million acres. The state of Rhode Island could fit inside Death Valley National Park more then three times over. It’s twice the size of Delaware, and nearly the same size as Connecticut. • It’s LOW! A parking lot at a place called Badwater is 279 feet below sea level. Several miles away in a desolate salt pan, there are a few dips that are 282 feet below sea level. Death Valley is the lowest spot in the Western Hemisphere, but the Dead Sea (between Jordan and Israel) is 1,360 feet below sea level.


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DEATH VALLEY (continued): • It’s HOT! The heat is partly caused by the low elevation. With every thousand feet you lose in elevation, the temperature rises by about 5 degrees F. Death Valley’s topography—a deep valley sandwiched between two steep mountain ranges—also magnifies the heat. Hot air rising from the valley floor gets trapped between mountain ranges. The hot air recirculates and gets hotter. The dryness also contributes to the heat. Death Valley has no clouds for shade, no rain for cooling, and little vegetation to stop rocks from absorbing heat all day. In turn, the heat reinforces the dryness, evaporating rain before it reaches the ground. • The hottest temperature ever recorded in Death Valley was 134 F on July 13, 1913. By comparison, the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 136 F, recorded in the Sahara Desert in Libya in 1922. • When it comes to average highs, Death Valley beats the Sahara. In 2001, Death Valley hit 100 F or higher on 154 days in a row. It’s hit 100 F or higher in every month except November, December, January, and February. It’s hit 110 F on (coincidentally) 110 days in a row, in 1996. And it hit 120 F on 43 days in a row, in 1917. • July is the hottest month on average, with a daily high of 115 F. August is second, with an average daily high of 113 F. June is third, at 109 F. • In July, when the average daily high is 115 F, the daily average LOW temperature is 88 F. • Things cool off in winter. In November the average daily high is 76 F. In February it’s 72 F, and in January and December it’s 65 F. • Death Valley’s official temperature is recorded at a weather station five feet above the ground. But the ground gets hotter than the air. The hottest ground Hyperlink in ever Master page in Death Valley temperature recoded was 201 F in 1972.

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DEATH VALLEY (continued): • The record low temperature in Death Valley is 15 F, set in 1913, which was the same year that set the record high of 134 F. Death Valley’s all-time low is about the same as the all-time lows of Phoenix or Houston. • It’s DRY! Why is Death Valley so hot and dry? Don Lago describes the science behind it in his book, Death Valley Trivia. The main factor is called the “rain shadow” effect. When storms come out of the Pacific Ocean and head inland, they have to cross a series of mountain ranges, which force clouds to rise, condense, and drop their moisture. With every mountain range they cross, the clouds have less moisture left for the next one. The Sierras can get 34 feet of snow per year, but then the clouds have little moisture left for the Owens Valley just west of the Sierras; the Owens Valley gets less than 6 inches of rain per year. Clouds that make it past the Sierras then hit the Panamint Mountains and lose most of their remaining moisture. This leaves little rain for Death Valley, or for the Amargosa Range on the east side of Death Valley. While the Panamints get 15 inches of annual precipitation, the Amargosa Range gets only 3-5 inches. • The average annual rainfall in Death Valley is only 1.94 inches. By comparison, New York City receives an average of 49.64 inches of rain per year. In some years, Death Valley has recorded no rainfall at all, such as 1929 and 1953. • With so little rainfall and so much evaporation, the humidity level in Death Valley sometimes falls to 2 percent. With humidity this low, even when the temperature is a pleasant 70 F, people can become seriously dehydrated.




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DEATH VALLEY (continued): • Even in the summer heat, people in Death Valley may not get sweaty. The human skin often remains dry. But this doesn’t mean you aren’t perspiring: it means that perspiration is evaporating instantly. For people from humid climates, who are accustomed to skin and clothes drenched with sweat, this can trick them into seriously underestimating how much water they are losing. Finding Water • There is no place in Death Valley more than 15 miles away from a spring. Natives knew all the water sources in Death Valley, but prospectors and tourists have died of thirst even when springs were nearby because they didn’t know where they were. • Death Valley has over 350 seeps and springs. Some are barely large enough to keep the ground damp, but the largest, Travertine Spring, can pour out up to 2,000 gallons per minute. If Death Valley wasn’t so dry, its springs would start building a lake on the valley floor. • The water that pours from these springs comes from the mountains of central Nevada. Snowmelt flows underground for hundreds of miles until water reaches the surface. This water can take thousands of years to arrive in Death Valley. This means that the tap water you are drinking in Death Valley may have fallen as rain when the Egyptian pyramids were being built.


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The sweetest of success is yours, Capricorn, as you accomplish feats large and small. A financial deadline is moved up and you must scramble to make it.

January 20– February 18 You can’t go wrong, Aquarius, so stop stalling and let others know your decision. An old friend drops by with the gift of all gifts. Be thankful.

June 22– July 22 Romance mixed with intrigue is the theme of the week. Prepare for things to sizzle, Cancer. Issues persist at work and you must make a bold move to open up the dialogue.

July 23– August 22 Organizational efforts stall with the refusal to part with the beloved and not-so-beloved. Be understanding, Leo, but don’t let the matter be. Forge on.

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February 19– March 20 Don’t underestimate the skills of a coworker. They are more than qualified to assist you with the tasks you need done. Divide and conquer, Pisces.

Mediating is rarely fun, and lucky for you, Virgo, your days of being a buffer are over. Don’t dismiss the severity of a loved one’s health issue. They look better than they are.

March 21– April 19 Your struggles come to an end and peace reigns in your world once again. Take everyone out to celebrate, Aries. A labor of love concludes.

September 23– October 22 Nerves set in, and performance reviews show it. Attack less, relax more, and the jitters will subside. A love story unfolds. Ooh-la-la, Libra.

April 20– May 20 Speak your mind, Taurus. You’ve held back long enough. Work you did behind the scene comes to light, and you’re rewarded handsomely for your efforts.

May 21– June 21 Rewards come in many forms this week, Gemini. Count your blessings and pay it forward. Spinning yarns is the highlight of a family gathering, as it should be.

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• Joseph Strauss was born in Cincinnati in 1870. He was short, but he nevertheless tried out for the school football team. As a result, he spent several weeks recovering in the infirmary, where the window in his room offered a view of the Cincinnati-Covington Bridge, which was America’s first long-span suspension bridge. Strauss subsequently developed a fascination with bridges. When he graduated from college with degrees in business and economics, his commencement address presented a proposal to construct a railroad bridge across the Bering Strait, linking Alaska and Russia. • Strauss got a job working for a foundry where he learned the ropes of steel and iron manufacturing, and then went to work for a bridge building company. Later, he went to work for an engineering firm, and then started his own engineering firm in 1904. His specialty was drawbridges, and he constructed around 400 of them. However, he dreamed of something more challenging, so when officials from San Francisco approached him in 1919 about spanning the Golden Gate Strait, he jumped at the chance, even though he had never constructed a single suspension bridge. He didn’t even have a degree in engineering. It took more than a decade for Strauss and city officials to convince the public that a bridge should be built. In the midst of the Great Depression, a city bond raised the funds needed, and work on the Golden Gate Bridge began in 1933. • There were many challenges to overcome: deep water, turbulent currents, corrosive fogs, high winds, and heavy sea traffic. Strauss asked for help from engineering visionaries Charles Ellis and Leon Moissieff, whose contributions were essential in refining the design and overcoming the engineering challenges. He then downplayed their involvement so that he would get more of the limelight. To his credit, his insistence on rigid safety measures prevented many deaths and proved that large projects could be completed safely when worker’s health and well-being was given a priority, which was not typically the case at the time. He wanted people using his bridge while admiring the workers who built it; he was horrified by the thought that wives and children and parents might one day be crossing the bridge while remembering the husbands and fathers and sons who died during its construction. He also instituted the policy of hiring men for the duration of the entire project in a day and age when construction workers were more typically hired on a daily basis. He wanted continuity among workers and did not want to be constantly training newly hired men, because the work was so dangerous. • His health began to fail during the construction, which lasted four years. He was once gone from the site for a sixmonth stretch, leading to rumors he’d had a nervous breakdown. Yet, he managed to see the project through to the end, and proudly walked across the completed bridge on the day it was opened to the public. Strauss died of a heart attack a year later, at the age of 68. He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, with a bas-relief of the bridge etched in brass mounted upon his tombstone.

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