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Great Basin and Central Valley, Western USA – September 17th, 2011

39.0N 119.4W

September 17th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Mountains

USA - August 5th, 2011

This image of the western United States of America shows a varied geography, ranging from desert to mountainous to fertile valleys.

The fertile green of the states of Washington, Oregon and California (from top to bottom) can be seen along the western shores. Parallel to the coast, in the lower half of the image, is California’s Central Valley, an area of great agricultural production.

Over the Sierra Nevada, further east, is the Great Basin, the largest area of contiguous endorheic watersheds in North America. In spite of this, it is noted for its arid conditions and Basin and Range topography, and spans several deserts.

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