The Southern Tip of California’s Central Valley
The Central Valley is a large, flat valley that dominates the central portion of the U.S. state of California. It is home to many of California’s most productive agricultural efforts, many of whose fields create green and brown checks in the image.
The valley stretches approximately 400 miles (600 km) from north to south. The southern half is known as the San Joaquin Valley; this image focuses on the southernmost end.
The flatness of the valley floor contrasts with the rugged hills or gentle mountains that are typical of most of California’s terrain.
It is bounded by several mountain ranges, including the Sierra Nevada to the east, the Tehachapi Mountains to the south, and the Coastal Ranges to the west.