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Coastal Plains and Valleys and Great Basin of Western USA

39.7N 120W

July 29th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

USA - July 25th, 2011

The fertile green of the western coastal states of Washington, Oregon and California (from top to bottom) is striking in comparison to the more arid terrain of the Great Basin further inland. Parallel to the coast, nestled between mountain ranges is California’s Central Valley, an area of great agricultural production.

The Great Basin is the largest area of contiguous endorheic watersheds in North America and is noted for its arid conditions and Basin and Range topography. The region spans several physiographic divisions, biomes/ecoregions, and deserts. The large white expanse near the right edge of the image are the Bonneville Salt Flats, just west of the Great Salt Lake, in the state of Utah.

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