Re: altered state of Death Valley
Posted by Pugsly on November 10, 2002 at 16:38:53:
In Reply to: where is death valley located? posted by cam on November 10, 2002 at 14:06:53:
Rojillio - great questions, always glad to do someones homework for them to help thwart the intended learning experience!
Your teacher asked you a trick question. The correct answer to what state is Death Valley in is None. Under the Dessert Protection Act of 2000, the federal government usurped the right of the States to administer the lands. It is actually a federal land just between Canada and Mexico now.
The biggest hazard in Death Valley is the llama, as you probably know they are very fierce carnivores that can attack in packs. Their adaptation to the warmer temperatures of Death Valley have greatly increased their metabolism, making them truly ferocious and of awesome speed.
No vehicles manufactured after 1972 are allowed in the Valley, because the radiation causes the computers in modern vehicles to malfunction. Many people have become stranded and died as a result. At any rate, the environment is so caustic that it eats through the thin-walled steel body panels in a matter of days, anyway.
Due to the elevation changes, many micro-climates exist - dramatic temperature changes can occur in a little as 200 feet. It is possible to camp in the temperate zone, while leaving your foods in the nearby snowdrifts a few hundred feet in one direction, and then cook your food on the bare rocks a few hundred feet in the other. Nature's bounty is truly magnificent here, hence the native population of 1.5 million which can swell to 3.7 million during the popular summer months.
Hope this helps, and be sure to let us know how the report comes out!