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Sacramento and San Francisco, Mountains and Sea

March 30th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Snapshots

USA - March 19th, 2009

USA - March 19th, 2009

The high Sierra Nevada Mountains around Lake Tahoe (top right), California, are capped with snow, thus living up to their name, translated as “snow-covered mountain range”.

The mountains slope down into California’s Central Valley, which stretches approximately 400 miles (600 km) from north to south. Its northern half is referred to as the Sacramento Valley, where the city of Sacramento is located, and its southern half as the San Joaquin Valley, home to cities such as San Francisco. Both cities are visible here: Sacramento towards the center, and San Francisco along the coast (bottom left).

San Francisco Bay is visible along the coast, its waters containing some golden brown sediments. The bay is a shallow, productive estuary through which water draining from approximately forty percent of California, flowing in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers from the Sierra Nevada mountains, enters the Pacific Ocean.

Sierra Nevada Mountains and San Joaquin Valley, California – December 21st, 2008

December 21st, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Sierra Nevada Mountains and San Joaquin Valley, California - November 17th, 2008

Sierra Nevada Mountains and San Joaquin Valley, California - November 17th, 2008

We have here a clear view of a geographically diverse area: the Sierra Nevada Mountains, capped by snow, the green San Joaquin Valley to the West, and desertous Death Valley to the East.

The Sierra Nevada (Spanish for “snowy mountain range”) is a mountain range located in California, USA. In a few places, it overlaps into neighboring state of Nevada.

The range stretches 400 miles (650 km), from Fredonyer Pass in the north to Tehachapi Pass in the south.

The height of the mountains in the Sierra Nevada gradually increases from north to south. The entire range attains its peak at Mount Whitney (14,505 feet, 4,421 m).

The San Joaquin Valley refers to the area of the Central Valley of California that lies south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in Stockton.

Although most of the valley is rural, it does contain urban cities such as Stockton, Fresno, Visalia, Tulare, Hanford, Modesto, Bakersfield, and Merced.

The San Joaquin Valley has hot, dry summers and cool winters characterized by dense Tule fog. The rainy season occurs from November through April.

Death Valley, on the other hand, on the border of California and Nevada, is the lowest, driest and hottest valley in the United States. It is the location of the lowest elevation in North America at 85.5 m (282 ft) below sea level.

Death Valley holds the record for the highest reliably reported temperature in the Western hemisphere (134 °F (56.7 °C) It has an area of about 3,000 square miles (7,800 km²).

source Wikipedia