Located in Death Valley
Badwater is a salt pool which has the distiction of being
the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere
at 282 feet below sea level
. Long ago, the now shallow pools were a part of Lake Manly, a once 600 foot deep lake that stretched for over 100 miles.
In a strange twist
of geography, it is only 90 miles from the highest point in the contiguous United States
, Mount Whitney