A rare lake flows through ‘Death Valley’ 

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 29: An oasis filled with ponds and wildflowers has formed in the Death Valley National Park, one of the hottest and driest places in the world, in the wake of a major hurricane this summer. 

Hurricane Hillary, which struck the area in August, provided some abundant rain for the park in eastern California, according to CNN. 

“This is definitely a rare and special event,” said Abby Wines, spokeswoman for Death Valley Park. She added that this type of rainfall only occurs once every decade. The hurricane reached Death Valley on August 19 and continued to flood the desert for 24 hours. 

Records show 2.2 inches (5.6 cm) of rain was measured at Furnace Creek, a site within the 13,650-square-kilometre national park, breaking the previous record of 1.7 inches (4.3 cm) set in 2022, according to the National Park Service. (NPS). 

Russia Today reported that a month after the storm, park officials took a boat to the ephemeral lake that formed in the Badwater Basin, a salt flat that marks the lowest point in the park, and measured its depth at about 1 foot (0.3 meters). Since then, the water has receded to just a few inches. 

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