DEATH VALLEY SUPERBLOOM Rob Sudakow

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Gorgeous photos show a rare 'Super Bloom' is about to take over the hottest place on Earth

Travel outdoors People are flocking to an unlikely destination this month: Death Valley. 

Death Valley holds the world record for the hottest recorded temperature on Earth —  in 1972, its ground temperatures reached 201 degrees Fahrenheit. 

So, it's not an ideal vacation spot — or even a lunch spot — but this month people are making an exception. 

Recently, the valley burst into a beautiful sea of gold and purple flowers that's unlike anything seen in over a decade, when a rare "Super Bloom" covered the valley in 2005. 

With a few months left in the rainy season, park rangers are optimistic that more flowers are on their way, making the conditions right for the first Super Bloom in 11 years. But even, right now, the desert is pretty spectacular: 

     

Thousands of flowers are in bloom, making for a rare sight in Death Valley

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Hottest, Driest, and Lowest National Park

outdoors Travel n this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley. 

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