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California storms create rare ‘ephemeral lake’ in Death Valley

Tubing time at Badwater Basin

(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)

One of the driest places on earth has recently become one of Mother Nature’s greatest waterparks. Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park flooded in August 2023 after Hurricane Hilary, unveiling an ephemeral lake known as Lake Manly. While that deluge in the basin shrank through the fall and winter, recent rains in California increased the water level ‚ and this time, the rare occurrence was open for the public to enjoy.

Death Valley's Lake Manly open to public

(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Death Valley's Lake Manly open to public

(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Death Valley's Lake Manly open to public

(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Death Valley's Lake Manly open to public

(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Death Valley's Lake Manly open to public

(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Death Valley's Lake Manly open to public

(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Death Valley's Lake Manly open to public

(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Death Valley's Lake Manly open to public

(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Death Valley's Lake Manly open to public

(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Death Valley's Lake Manly open to public

(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Death Valley's Lake Manly open to public

(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Death Valley's Lake Manly open to public

(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Death Valley's Lake Manly open to public

(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Death Valley's Lake Manly open to public

(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Death Valley's Lake Manly open to public

(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DAVID SWANSON/AFP via Getty Images)

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