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October 29, 2015 - Death Valley 1,000-year Flood Event

Death Valley 1,000-year Flood Event Before
Landsat 8
October 7, 2014
Death Valley 1,000-year Flood Event After
Landsat 8
October 26, 2015
Death Valley 1,000-year Flood Event Map
Death Valley 1,000-year Flood Event Before
Death Valley 1,000-year Flood Event After
October 7, 2014 October 26, 2015
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This October, a system of storms caused significant flooding in most of Death Valley National Park, California. Flash floods from the storm destroyed roads and utilities, and damaged several historical structures. This image pair contrasts an October 2014 image (a year with typical precipitation) to October 2015. The false color images highlight hydrogeology; the areas in green to blue are the locations with moisture content. Especially striking is the Badwater Basin, normally a dry lakebed. In the 2015 image, it is full of water.