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Sierra Nevada and Great Central Valley in California, USA – May 13th, 2011

37.1N 120.5W

May 13th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

USA - May 4th, 2011

California’s fertile green coastal region contrasts with drier lands beyond the mountains to the east. The state’s Great Central Valley (appearing slightly lighter green) is an intensely agricultural region, and many individual fields can be discerned in the full image.

The valley is bordered by mountain ranges, including the Sierra Nevada to the east and the Coast Ranges to the west. The Sierra Nevada, or Snowy Range, is, as its name suggests, covered with snow in this image.

Thick Fog Over California’s Great Central Valley – February 3rd, 2011

38.2N 121.3W

February 3rd, 2011 Category: Clouds, Image of the day, Mountains

USA - January 17th, 2011

California’s Great Central Valley is covered by a thick layer of clouds. The clouds are resting over the valley, contained by the Cascade Range, Trinity Alps and Klamath Mountains to the north, the Sierra Nevada to the east, the Coast Ranges to the west, and the Tehachapi Mountains to the south.

Thick clouds can also be seen hanging over the Pacific Ocean, a common occurrence in the area due to a combination of atmospheric and oceanographic conditions. The dense white lines through the clouds are ship tracks, clouds formed around the exhaust released by passing ships.

is bounded by the Cascade Range, Trinity Alps and Klamath Mountains to the north, the Sierra Nevada to the east and the Coast Ranges and San Francisco Bay to the west, as far south as the Tehachapi Mountains.

Great Central Valley Between Coast and Sierra Nevada Ranges, USA

October 5th, 2010 Category: Mountains

USA - August 27th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows the Great Central Valley of California, bounded by mountains.  In the thumbnail image, only the Coast Ranges are visible (left), however, the Sierra Nevada can be seen at the top of the full image.

Between the two ranges lies the valley, a vast agricultural area. Many rectangular fields can be seen creating a patchwork pattern across the landscape. Cities and towns appear as small white dots amidst the fields.

Agriculture East of the California Coast Ranges, USA

October 19th, 2009 Category: Lakes

California, USA - September 24th, 2009

California, USA - September 24th, 2009

The California Coast Ranges occupy the left side of this orthorectified image, while the valley on the right is dominated by checkered fields. Visible at the foot of the mountains in the full image, running parallel to them, is a long, thin black line; this is a motorway known as Interstate 5.

The city of Madera can also be seen in the upper right corner. It has a total area of 12.3 square miles (31.8 km²), all of which is land. Annually, there are an average of 105.2 days with highs of 90°F (32°C) or higher and an average of 30.8 days with lows of 32°F (0°C) or lower. Average annual rainfall is 10.97 inches and there are an average of 43 days with measurable precipitation.

Upon opening the full image, the San Luis Reservoir can be seen near the city of Los Banos in the upper left corner. The San Luis Reservoir is an off-stream artificial lake on the eastern slopes of the Diablo Range, part of the Coast Ranges, approximately 12 mi (19 km) west of Los Banos. The reservoir stores water taken from the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta as the surplus water would otherwise run into the Pacific Ocean. Depending on water levels, the reservoir is approximately nine miles long from north to south at its longest point, and five miles (8 km) wide.

Cities in California’s Central Valley, USA

37.9N 121.2W

August 2nd, 2009 Category: Lakes

USA - July 16th, 2009

USA - July 16th, 2009

The cities of Oakdale, Stockton, Manteca, Modesto and Turlock (from top to bottom) appear bright white and light grey, distinguishing themselves from the mostly dark grey of the rest of California’s Central Valley in this  orthorectified image.

To the east of Oakdale is the Camanche Reservoir, located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. It is fed by the Mokelumne River, which originates in the higher altitudes of the mountain range.

Part of the Sierra Nevada range itself becomes visible at the far right after moving past the foothills. On the far left, in the lower corner, a small section of the Diablo Range (part of the Coast Ranges) can also be noted.