Not a Mirage:

Rare Lake Forms in Death Valley After Record Rainfall

23rd February, 2024


In a stunningly rare event, satellite images have confirmed the formation of a temporary lake in the heart of Death Valley, known for its extreme aridity. 

A Desert Oasis? Satellite Reveals Lake in Death Valley

How Did This Happen?

● Death Valley recently received an unusually high rainfall, the remnants of Hurricane Hilary, which brought record amounts of rain in August 2023. ● The combination of intense rainfall and the area's unique topography led to the formation of this ephemeral lake.

Death Valley's Extremes 

● Death Valley holds the record for the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth: 134°F (56.7°C). ● Ironically, it's also prone to occasional flash floods due to its hard-baked desert soil that struggles to absorb sudden downpours.

Badwater Basin: The Site of the Lake

The temporary lake formed in Badwater Basin, a vast salt flat basin located 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level – the lowest point in North America. 

A Fleeting Phenomenon

This lake won't last long. Death Valley's scorching temperatures will rapidly evaporate the water, leaving behind mineral deposits and a return to its usual arid landscape. 

A Reminder of Nature's Extremes

This event highlights the stark contrasts found in nature. Even the driest places on Earth can experience moments of surprising abundance, reminding us of the power of weather and the dynamic nature of our planet.