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Agriculture East of the California Coast Ranges, USA

October 19th, 2009 Category: Lakes

California, USA - September 24th, 2009

California, USA - September 24th, 2009

The California Coast Ranges occupy the left side of this orthorectified image, while the valley on the right is dominated by checkered fields. Visible at the foot of the mountains in the full image, running parallel to them, is a long, thin black line; this is a motorway known as Interstate 5.

The city of Madera can also be seen in the upper right corner. It has a total area of 12.3 square miles (31.8 km²), all of which is land. Annually, there are an average of 105.2 days with highs of 90°F (32°C) or higher and an average of 30.8 days with lows of 32°F (0°C) or lower. Average annual rainfall is 10.97 inches and there are an average of 43 days with measurable precipitation.

Upon opening the full image, the San Luis Reservoir can be seen near the city of Los Banos in the upper left corner. The San Luis Reservoir is an off-stream artificial lake on the eastern slopes of the Diablo Range, part of the Coast Ranges, approximately 12 mi (19 km) west of Los Banos. The reservoir stores water taken from the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta as the surplus water would otherwise run into the Pacific Ocean. Depending on water levels, the reservoir is approximately nine miles long from north to south at its longest point, and five miles (8 km) wide.

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