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Bodies of Water on Both Sides of Great Central Valley, California, USA

39.1N 120W

October 10th, 2012 Category: Lakes

USA – October 7th, 2012

Several bodies of water can be seen on both sides of the Great Central Valley in the state of California, USA. On the right side of the image are Lake Tahoe (center, right) and Pyramid Lake (above, right). Both lakes are connected by the Truckee River, which is the sole outlet of Lake Tahoe and drains part of the high Sierra Nevada, emptying into Pyramid Lake in the Great Basin. Its waters are an important source of irrigation along its valley and adjacent valleys.

In the lower left quadrant is the San Francisco Bay, 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.

Specifically, both rivers flow into Suisun Bay, which flows through the Carquinez Strait to meet with the Napa River at the entrance to San Pablo Bay, which connects at its south end to San Francisco Bay. However, the entire group of interconnected bays is often referred to as “San Francisco Bay”.

Fog Covering California´s Great Central Valley, USA

38.8N 120.2W

December 3rd, 2011 Category: Clouds, Mountains

USA - November 21st, 2011

California’s Central Valley is covered by a thick white veil of fog in this image of the western United States of America. This large, flat valley that dominates the central portion of the state stretches approximately 450 miles (720 km) from northwest to southeast, and covers an area of approximately 22,500 square miles (58,000 km2).

The valley is bordered to the east by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which, true to their name, are capped in snow in this image. Beyond the mountains lies the the Great Basin of the western USA, which  includes valleys, basins, lakes, and mountain ranges of Basin and Range topography.

Great Basin and Central Valley, Western USA – September 17th, 2011

39.0N 119.4W

September 17th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Mountains

USA - August 5th, 2011

This image of the western United States of America shows a varied geography, ranging from desert to mountainous to fertile valleys.

The fertile green of the states of Washington, Oregon and California (from top to bottom) can be seen along the western shores. Parallel to the coast, in the lower half of the image, is California’s Central Valley, an area of great agricultural production.

Over the Sierra Nevada, further east, is the Great Basin, the largest area of contiguous endorheic watersheds in North America. In spite of this, it is noted for its arid conditions and Basin and Range topography, and spans several deserts.

Coastal Plains and Valleys and Great Basin of Western USA

39.7N 120W

July 29th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Salt Flats

USA - July 25th, 2011

The fertile green of the western coastal states of Washington, Oregon and California (from top to bottom) is striking in comparison to the more arid terrain of the Great Basin further inland. Parallel to the coast, nestled between mountain ranges is California’s Central Valley, an area of great agricultural production.

The Great Basin is the largest area of contiguous endorheic watersheds in North America and is noted for its arid conditions and Basin and Range topography. The region spans several physiographic divisions, biomes/ecoregions, and deserts. The large white expanse near the right edge of the image are the Bonneville Salt Flats, just west of the Great Salt Lake, in the state of Utah.

Valleys, Mountains, Deserts and Islands of California, USA

36.0N 118.3W

June 8th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Mountains

USA - May 23rd, 2011

A light veil of greyish clouds hangs over California’s Great Central Valley in the upper left quadrant. Beneath the clouds, some of the green and brown fields of this vast agricultural region can be observed.

Leaving the valley and moving eastward, one crosses the Sequoia National Forest, in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains of California. The U.S. National Forest is named for the majestic Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) trees which populate 38 distinct groves within the boundaries of the forest.

Beyond the mountains is the arid Great Basin of the western USA. Death Valley National Park, a national park in California and Nevada, can be found in the basin, east of the Sierra Nevada. The park protects the northwest corner of the Mojave Desert and contains a diverse desert environment of salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, valleys, canyons, and mountains.

Visible at the bottom edge of the image are the Channel Islands of California, a chain of eight islands located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California along the Santa Barbara Channel in the United States of America.

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