Posted by: danielfee | January 31, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 01-31-2012

Red Cathedral – Death Valley National Park, CA
Red Cathedral

 

The Red Cathedral is one of the diverse geological formations in Death Valley National Park. The steep cliffs are composed of red colored oxidized rocks and is visible from Zabriskie point and the Golden Canyon trail in the Furnace Creek area of the park. The park has a diverse and complex geologic history. Since its formation, the park has experienced at least four major periods of extensive volcanism, three or four periods of major sedimentation, and several intervals of major tectonic deformation where the crust has been reshaped. All of this geological activity has created a park that is well worth a visit. However you may not want to go in the summer. Death Valley is the hottest and driest place in North America because of its lack of surface water and its low elevation. Daily summer temperatures of 120°F or greater are common. December is the coldest month with an average high of 65°F and an average low of 39°F, which is when we visited.

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