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Cities in California’s Central Valley, USA

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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.

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).

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