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Death Valley

(Encyclopedia) Death Valley, SE Calif. and SW Nev., a deep, arid basin, 140 mi (225 km) long, bordered on the W by the Panamint Range and on the E by the Amargosa Range. In summer the valley has…

Panamint Range

(Encyclopedia) Panamint Range pn´mnt, rugged fault-block mountains, SE Calif., near the Nev. line. Telescope Peak (11,045 ft/3,367 m high) is the tallest peak. The range forms the western boundary…

Barstow

(Encyclopedia) Barstow bär´st, city (1990 pop. 21,472), San Bernardino co., SE Calif., on the dry Mojave River; founded in the 1880s as a silver-mining town, inc. 1947. Railroad shops and the…

Whitney, Mount

(Encyclopedia) Whitney, Mount, peak, 14,494 ft (4,418 m) high, E Calif., in the Sierra Nevada at the eastern border of Sequoia National Park; the highest peak in the contiguous 48 states (Denali [Mt…

Funston, Frederick

(Encyclopedia) Funston, Frederick, 1865–1917, U.S. general, b. New Carlisle, Ohio. He was a newspaper reporter and a field agent (1888–95) of the Dept. of Agriculture, exploring Death Valley and the…

Great Basin

(Encyclopedia) Great Basin, semiarid, N section of the Basin and Range province, the intermontane plateau region of W United States and N Mexico. Lying mostly in Nevada and extending into California…

The Highest Temperature Extremes

Greenland Ranch, Calif., with 134°F on July 10, 1913, holds the record for the highest temperature ever officially observed in the United States. This station was located in barren Death…

borax

(Encyclopedia) borax or sodium tetraborate decahydrates´dm ttrbôr´t dkh´drt, chemical compound, Na2B4O7·10H2O; sp. gr. 1.73; slightly soluble in cold water; very soluble in hot water;…

Recorded Weather Extremes, U.S. and Worldwide

Highest average annual mean temperature (world): Dallol, Ethiopia (Oct. 1960–Dec. 1966), 94° F (34.4° C). (U.S.): Key West, Fla. (30-year normal), 78.2° F (25.7° C).Lowest average annual mean…

Highest Recorded Temperatures

Below is a table of the highest recorded temperatures for each continent. Death Valley, Calif., tops the list, hitting a stifling 134 degrees in 1913. */ Place Date DegreesFahrenheit…