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California’s Central Valley Parallel to the Pacific Coast, USA – June 10th, 2010

40.6N 122.3W

June 10th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Rivers

USA - June 1st, 2010

USA - June 1st, 2010

Central Valley, also known as the Great Central Valley, is located in California, USA. Extending from Shasta county in the north to Kern county in the south, it covers about 18,000 square miles (47,000 square km) and parallels the Pacific coast for about 450 miles (725 km).

Averaging about 40 miles (65 km) in width, it is almost totally enclosed by mountains, including the Klamath Mountains (north), Sierra Nevada (east), Tehachapi Mountains (south), and Pacific Coast Ranges (west). The Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, which run through the Central Valley, are fed mainly by the abundant rains and melting snows of the Sierra Nevada.

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