Selected geotourist attractions of Death Valley, USA

Ewa Krzeszowska

Abstract


Death Valley National Park located in the U.S. states of California and Nevada is one of many units within the National Park Service established because of their exceptional natural and geological values. Death Valley National Park is renowned
worldwide for its perfectly exposed, complex, unique and diverse geological resources. Within the park visitors encounter representatives of many geological epochs, from Precambrian metamorphic rocks exposed in the Black Mountains to recent desert sediments. This paper presents the geology of Death Valley and some of the most interesting geosites: Zabriskie Point, Badwater Basin, Devil’s Golf Course, Harmony Borax Works and Ubehebe Craters.

Keywords


Death Valley National Park, Basin and Range Province, geotourist attractions, geology

Full Text:

PDF

References


Baucke W., Cemen I., 2007. Strike-Slip displacement along the Furnace Creek Fault Zone, southern Basins and Ranges, Death Valley. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, abstract, T31C-0594.

Brogan G.E., Kellogg K.S., Slemmons D.B., Terhune C.L., 1991. Late Quaternary Faulting Along the Death Valley — Furnace Creek Fault System, California and Nevada. U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, Denver.

Crowe B.M., Fisher R.V., 1973. Sedimentary Structures in Base-Surge Deposits with Special Reference to Cross-Bedding, Ubehebe Craters, Death Valley, California. GSA Bulletin, 842: 663−682. Hall C.A., 2007. Introduction to the geology of southern California and its native plants. University of California Press, Berkeley, Los Angeles.

Kistler R., 2005. Borate deposits of The Furnace Creek Formation, Death Valley. Salt Lake City Annual Meeting, 209: 3.

Konott J.R., Sarna-Wojcicki A.M., Machette M.N., Klinge R.E., 2005. Upper Neogene stratigraphy and tectonics of Death Valley — a review. Earth-Science Review, 73: 245−270.

Levin H.L., 2005. The Earth Through Time, 8th Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., USA.

Miller M.B., Wright L.A., 2004. Geology of Death Valley National Park, 2nd ed. Kendall-Hunt Publishing, Dubuque, Iowa.

Mizerski W., 2004. Geologia regionalna kontynentów, Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN.

Stanley S.M., 2002. Historia Ziemi. Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN.

Tanner L.H., 2002. Borate formation in a perennial lacustrine setting: Miocene-Pliocene Lacustrine and Marginal Lacustrine Sequences of the Furnace Creek Formation. Sedimentary Geology, 148: 259–273.

Wood Ch.A., Kienle J., 1990. Volcanoes of North America. Cambridge University Press.

Websites

http://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/parks/

http://mappery.com/map-of/Death-Valley-National-Park-Map-3




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7494/geotour.2013.32-33.59

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2013 Geotourism/Geoturystyka

MNiSW 2016 - 8 pkt. // e-ISSN 2353-3641 // ISSN 1731-0830