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San Francisco and Oakland, California

37.8N 122.2W

February 8th, 2011 Category: Snapshots

USA - February 1st, 2011

This orthorectified image focuses on San Francisco, California. The city appears as a bright white area on the left side of the image. Across from San Francisco is the city of Oakland.

Several bodies of water can be seen, including the Pacific Ocean to the west, the San Pablo Bay to the north, and the San Francisco Bay to the south. Several bridges are visible as white lines crossing the bays.

Sediments in Interconnected San Francisco Bays, California, USA – October 26th, 2009

37.7N 122.4W

October 26th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

California, USA - August 25th, 2009

California, USA - August 25th, 2009

Sediments from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers flow through a group of interconnected bays in California often collectively referred to as the San Francisco Bay, before spilling out into the Pacific Ocean.

Along this path, the sediments actually flow first into Suisun Bay, which then flows through the Carquinez Strait to meet with the Napa River at the entrance to San Pablo Bay, which in turn connects at its south end to the true San Francisco Bay.

The cities of this region, including San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, can be seen as grey areas near and along the shores of the bays.

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