|Eureka Dunes, Death Valley National Park. Photo by peretzp/Flickr.com|
It doesn't get any more extreme than Death Valley. And we're not talking about the word "extreme" in the context of the ad for the latest energy drink or triple-flavored tortilla chip. I really mean extreme in the authentically extreme sense. Just one example: Death Valley was once thought to merely be the spot of the hottest high temperature in recorded history on the continent. New data has determined that that high temperature (134 degrees Fahrenheit on July 10, 1913) actually was the hottest temperature ever recorded anywhere on the planet, because a reading of 136 degrees from Libya in 1922 was determined inaccurate 90 years after the fact. So, without further ado, here are the seven most extreme spots in the utterly extreme environment that is Death Valley National Park.