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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.

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