Badwater Basin by Ky0n Cheng (California Photo Spot)

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Badwater Basin by Ky0n Cheng

Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America, with a depth of 282 ft (86 m) below sea level. The accumulated salts of the surrounding basin make it undrinkable, thus giving it the name. The pool does have animal and plant life, including pickleweed, aquatic insects, and the Badwater snail. Around the pool, where water is not always present at the surface, it’s repeated freeze–thaw and evaporation cycles gradually push the thin salt crust into hexagonal honeycomb shapes. (Death Valley National Park, California)