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Fire in Sierra Nevada Foothills, California, USA – June 18th, 2013

37.3N 119.7W

June 18th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day MODISTerra

USA – June 17th, 2013

A plume of smoke from a wildfire burning in the wooded foothills of the Sierra Nevada, east of California’s Great Central Valley, can be seen just to the right of the center of this image. The smoke from the fire is blowing towards the south-southeast, trailing over the valley.

The Sierra Nevada and Climate Change Issues – March 23rd, 2013

38.5N 120.2W

March 23rd, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Image of the day, Mountains

USA – March 22nd, 2013

Population growth and climate change are among the most significant threats facing the Sierra Nevada, one of the fastest growing regions in California. The mountain range can be seen here, flanking California’s Great Central Valley. Sprawling development is increasing vehicle miles and greenhouse gas emissions, destroying rare habitat and agricultural lands, and straining natural resources upon which our communities depend. Climate change compounds these problems and contributes a new host of concerns for snowpack levels, water management and recreation, wildlife, and the frequency and severity of fires.

Lake Tahoe in Sierra Nevada Mountains, USA

39.1N 120W

July 3rd, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

USA - June 21st, 2011

This image reaches from the Great Central Valley of California (lower left quadrant) across the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Great Basin of the western USA.

Visible in the Sierra Nevada range is Lake Tahoe, a large freshwater lake. At a surface elevation of 6,225 ft (1,897 m), it is located along the border between California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America.

From San Francisco Across Great Central Valley to Sierra Nevada, USA – May 18th, 2011

37.7N 122.4W

May 18th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

USA - May 2nd, 2011

California’s Great Central Valley occupies the lower diagonal half of this image, lying between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Nevada. Many fields can be seen dotting the valley’s otherwise green landscape.

Visible on the shores in the lower left quadrant is the city of San Francisco and its nearby metropolitan around, lining the shores of San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay.

Sierra Nevada and Great Central Valley in California, USA – May 13th, 2011

37.1N 120.5W

May 13th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

USA - May 4th, 2011

California’s fertile green coastal region contrasts with drier lands beyond the mountains to the east. The state’s Great Central Valley (appearing slightly lighter green) is an intensely agricultural region, and many individual fields can be discerned in the full image.

The valley is bordered by mountain ranges, including the Sierra Nevada to the east and the Coast Ranges to the west. The Sierra Nevada, or Snowy Range, is, as its name suggests, covered with snow in this image.