Whole Life Magazine

December/January 2014

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EXTREME TEMPERATURES AND TOPOGRAPHY FORGE AN OTHERWORLDLY ESCAPE MYSTERIOUS SHAPES ON A CANVAS OF STILLNESS AND SPACE: RED ROCK TOWERS, THE BLUE AND PURPLE CURVES OF THE PANAMINT RANGE, BROWN AND STEEL-GREY ANGLES OF THE OWLSHEAD MOUNTAINS, GOLDEN BEEHIVE-SHAPED CHARCOAL KILNS AND UNDULATING SAND DUNES. THIS IS LIV- ING ART, FROM THE QUIET FOOTPRINTS OF THE KANGAROO RAT TO THE RUSTLE OF THE ROADRUNNER'S FEATHERS. THIS IS DEATH VALLEY. Vast and eclectic, all 5,219 miles of Death Valley National Park make it one of the most unique and ethereal places on earth. e intense environment of this valley was shaped when the Earth's plates smashed to- gether, their collision pushing the ground into mountains to the west and plunging the valley to lower levels. Geology here varies from harsh desert to pine-studded mountains and grand, green oases, with a wildly divergent climate that goes from the The of Living Art BY GENIE DAVIS continued on page 28 continued on page 28 december/january 2014-'15 27

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