Death Valley - Abiotic Factors

by AgentCAL
Last updated 4 years ago

Discipline:
Science
Subject:
Ecosystems
Grade:
9

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Death Valley - Abiotic Factors

Death Valley Abiotic Factors

Geography and ElevationDeath Valley ranges from 282 feet above sea level all the way up to 11,049 feet above sea level. As it's a valley, this would make sense, but the scale of elevation is very large.

Despite the soil being very dry, there are over 1,000 kinds of plants within the park. With very long roots, the plants have found ways of gathering as much water as possible. In specifics, desert soils are called aridisols. They have low organic content and are lowly vegetated

Temperature can range from 120 ºF peak (in shade), and only dropping down to around 90 ºF at night. The record reached 134 ºF, with a ground temperature of 165ºF.

Temperature Ranges

Despite there being hardly any water sources, there appears to be an oasis that gushes 10,000 gallons of water per minute in Death Valley. This water comes through cracks in the Earth's crust on a 15,000 year journey.

Water Resources

RainfallDeath Valley receives less than 2 inches of rainfall per year, creating a very dry climate. This is because all the rain falls on the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains, not leaving much left to reach the desert past them.

Soil


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