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Sacramento and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California USA – September 5th, 2009

38.5N 121.4W

September 5th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

USA - July 16th, 2009

USA - July 16th, 2009

Sacramento is the capital of the state of California in the USA. The city is located along the Sacramento River and just south of the American River’s confluence in California’s expansive Central Valley.

To the east of the Central Valley is the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The change in elevation from 25 feet (8 meters) above mean sea level in the valley around Sacramento to around 6000 feet (about 1830 meters) at the right edge can be observed in this orthorectified image.

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.