Photos Show 1,000-Year Flood Striking Death Valley

In October, a system of storms caused what the U.S. Geological Survey dubbed a "1,000-year flood event" in Death Valley National Park, California. "Flash floods from the storm destroyed roads and utilities, and damaged several historical structures."

Today the USGS posted dramatic new satellite imagery of the flooding. "This image pair contrasts an October 2014 image (a year with typical precipitation) to October 2015. The false color images highlight hydrogeology; the areas in green to blue are the locations with moisture content. Especially striking is the Badwater Basin, normally a dry lakebed. In the 2015 image, it is full of water."