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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.

Lake Tahoe in Sierra Nevada Mountains, USA

39.1N 120W

July 3rd, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

USA - June 21st, 2011

This image reaches from the Great Central Valley of California (lower left quadrant) across the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Great Basin of the western USA.

Visible in the Sierra Nevada range is Lake Tahoe, a large freshwater lake. At a surface elevation of 6,225 ft (1,897 m), it is located along the border between California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America.

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.

From San Francisco Across Great Central Valley to Sierra Nevada, USA – May 18th, 2011

37.7N 122.4W

May 18th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

USA - May 2nd, 2011

California’s Great Central Valley occupies the lower diagonal half of this image, lying between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Nevada. Many fields can be seen dotting the valley’s otherwise green landscape.

Visible on the shores in the lower left quadrant is the city of San Francisco and its nearby metropolitan around, lining the shores of San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay.

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.