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The sun rises beyond the sprawling temporary lake at Badwater Basin salt flats on October 23. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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A stunning — but fleeting — lake has formed in California's Death Valley

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In this photo provided by the National Park Service, cars are stuck in mud and debris from flash flooding at The Inn at Death Valley in Death Valley National Park on Aug. 5, 2022. National Park Service via AP hide caption

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Mud Canyon Road is closed due to flash flooding in Death Valley, Calif., on Friday. Authorities say the main roadway into Death Valley National Park will remain closed as crews clean up after record-breaking rains damaged the roadway and choked it with mud, rocks and debris. National Park Service/Death Valley National Park via AP, File hide caption

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This view of North America as seen in Google Earth shows colored areas that denote levels of light pollution as detailed in the New World Atlas of Artificial Sky Brightness. Fabio Falchi et al./AAAS hide caption

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Light Pollution Hides Milky Way From 80 Percent Of North Americans, Atlas Shows

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The Racetrack area in Death Valley National Park, which boasts one of the darkest night skies in the U.S. Dan Duriscoe/National Park Service hide caption

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