- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 70 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: May 10, 1998
This is an unforgettable tour of one of the earth's most inhospitable places, once called "the roof of biblical hell."
The very name conjures up images of sidewinders and scorpions, dreams and lives bleached dry by the unrelenting sun, a refuge for those unwelcome in the outside world. Yet its bone-dry soil is fertile with stories of thousands of hardy souls who ignored its hardships and journeyed into the arid wilderness in search of elusive riches.
DEATH VALLEY CHRONICLES is a feature-length exploration of this harsh, captivating wilderness, and the larger-than-life characters who not only survived but thrived there. Find out about the geologic forces that are constantly at work beneath the desert sands. Learn how the valley got its name from a lucky band of California-bound settlers who made a wrong turn and ended up in the land once described as "the roof of biblical hell." Discover the stories of folks like "Dad" Fairbanks and Jack Longstreet, who occupied opposite ends of the valley's moral compass. And get an up-close look at the many natural wonders in the area, from Badwater, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, to Mount Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48 states.