Mike Reynolds: Welcome to the Hottest Place on Earth

Death Valley National Park is not only the hottest park in America, it’s the hottest place on earth; this past year, there were nights when the temperature never dipped lower than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The plants and animals that have adapted to this unforgiving climate have stuck it out and managed to survive—until now, says park superintendent Mike Reynolds, in this interview with Topic recorded in Furnace Creek, California, in May. (The high that day: 104 degrees.) Is the situation at the largest national park in the United States a harbinger of things to come for the rest of us?

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