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Rugged Central Coast of California, USA

34.7N 120.5W

October 14th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

USA - August 27th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows the rugged Central Coast, an area of California, USA, roughly spanning the area between the Monterey Bay and Point Conception. It extends through Santa Cruz County, San Benito County, Monterey County, San Luis Obispo County, and Santa Barbara County.

The region is known primarily for agriculture and tourism. The Salinas Valley is one of the most fertile farming regions in the United States. The area is not densely populated, as can be observed here from the sparsity of white dotted areas indicating cities or towns.

Visible in the lower part of the full image are the Channel Islands of California, a chain of eight islands located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California. Only two of the islands can be seen here San Miguel (left) and Santa Rosa (right).

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