Robert Witham

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Ancient Lake Manly Reappears at Badwater Basin in Death Valley

Lake Manly has reappeared at Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park – and has captured the imagination of nature lovers across the USA and even internationally.

An August 2023 tropical storm that hit California dumped inches of rain in Death Valley National Park. This unusual rain led to significant flooding that resulted in closure of the park for nearly two months with some areas still closed as of February 2024. The storm also dumped enough water for a long-dry lake bed/salt flat known as Badwater Basin to refill with water.

This ancient lake is known as Lake Manly.

We visited Death Valley this winter to experience Lake Manly for ourselves.

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