Death Valley National Park

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Sheriff: Vandals May Have Killed 1 of the World's Rarest Fishes

They also allegedly vomited and skinny-dipped all over a protected area

(Newser) - Three Nevada men have been questioned by investigators about vandalism in an environmentally fragile area of Death Valley National Park that may have killed one of the rarest fishes on earth, the AP reports. No arrests have been made in the April 30 intrusion while authorities continue to investigate what... More »

Super Hot, Super Dry Death Valley Is in 'Super Bloom'

It's the most wildflowers the desert has seen in more than a decade

(Newser) - Death Valley in California is both the driest place in North American and the hottest place on Earth, according to the National Park Service . And that makes it an even more breathtaking sight when it's covered in a colorful blanket of wildflowers, as it is right now. The San ... More »

Death Valley's Moving Rock Puzzle Finally Cracked

It's not UFOs moving those boulders

(Newser) - For at least a century, the "slithering stones" of Death Valley—rocks, some of them boulders weighing more than 600 pounds, that move across the desert floor and leave long trails behind them—have presented a puzzle, and researchers have been trying to solve it since 1948. Explanations including... More »

Harry Potter Villain Found Dead in Desert

Actor David Legeno played werewolf Fenrir Greyback

(Newser) - He was a 6-3, 250-pound former mixed-martial arts fighter who went on to play a villainous werewolf in the Harry Potter movies, but even David Legeno was no match for Death Valley. The 50-year-old actor was found dead in the place known to be the hottest on Earth last weekend,... More »

Death Valley: People, Quit Frying Eggs on the Sidewalk

Today marks 100 years since heat record set

(Newser) - Rangers in Death Valley National Park say it's tough enough working in the hottest place on the planet without having to clean up the mess after people try to fry eggs on the pavement in parking lots and overlooks. The park—which marks the 100th anniversary of claiming the... More »

What It's Like to Work in the Hottest Place on Earth

AP photographer visits Death Valley during 128-degree heat

(Newser) - Photographer Chris Carlson worked in the hottest place on Earth on Friday: Death Valley in California, where temperatures soared to 128 degrees while he attempted to snap photos. Carlson is no stranger to the area, he writes for the AP , but he still made some rookie mistakes: "I forgot... More »

200 Treated for Heat at Concert as West Bakes

Death Valley will approach 130 today

(Newser) - Authorities say 200 people were treated for heat problems yesterday as temperatures soared at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. None of the problems were life-threatening, but about 30 people at the Van Warped Tour at Silverton Casino were hospitalized. The National Weather Service reported temperatures in the area of... More »

Death Valley Gets Record for Hottest Day ... 99 Years Later

Libya's claim thrown out because of unreliable thermometer

(Newser) - California's Death Valley now has the honor of posting the hottest temperature on record, but don't blame climate change—the record-breaker of 134 degrees happened on June 10, 1913. The reason for the belated title? Libya had claimed the hottest day on record since 1992 with a thermometer... More »

Rocks in Death Valley Move By Themselves

Scientists look to crack mystery: Maybe ice?

(Newser) - Heavy rocks seems to move by themselves in one part of California's Death Valley, their means of locomotion a scientific mystery, LiveScience reports. Though no one has ever seen them move, rocks the size of large soda bottles criss-cross the surface of Racetrack Playa, leaving trails. "You don't expect... More »

Manson Body Hunt a Bust

Diggers come up empty at Death Valley ranch

(Newser) - Investigators yesterday packed up and left the the Death Valley ranch used as a hideout by the murderous Manson Family after finding no trace of bodies a member of the group once suggested might be buried there. The search was triggered by a cadaver-sniffing dog and initial findings of scientific... More »

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