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Western USA from Great Salt Lake to Great Central Valley

38.1N 118.5W

July 20th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Salt Flats

USA - June 21st, 2010

USA - June 21st, 2010

Many interesting geographical features can be observed in this image of the western United States and part of northwestern Mexico. In the upper right corner is the Great Salt Lake, adjacent to the white salt flats of the Great Salt Lake Desert.

To the east of the lake is a horizontal stretch of snow-capped mountains known as the Uinta Mountains. Moving southwest across the arid desert, one comes to another range, the Sierra Nevada. Like the translation of its name suggests, these mountains are also capped with snow.

The Sierra Nevada borders the Great Central Valley of California, the fertile green area with much agriculture between the range and the Pacific Coast. Continuing southeast along the coastline, one comes to the northernmost part of the Baja California Peninsula, in Mexico.

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