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Stockton Lake on Sac River, Missouri, USA

37.6N 93.7W

March 3rd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

USA - February 23rd, 2010

USA - February 23rd, 2010

Many artificial lakes across Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas (clockwise from upper right quadrant) can be observed here, scattered across the tan terrain. One of the most prominent is Stockton Lake, towards the upper right, shaped like an upside-down “V”.

Stockton Lake is located in southeastern Cedar County, northeastern Dade County, and southwestern Polk County, Missouri. The lake is V-shaped, and covers 39 square miles (100 km2), with 298 miles (480 km) of shoreline.

Stockton Lake is one of Missouri’s seven major lakes, all man-made. It was formed by damming the Sac River near the city of Stockton in 1969. It has a “non-development policy,” and is surrounded by unspoiled, tree-covered hills.

Cities in California’s Central Valley, USA

37.9N 121.2W

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.

California Central Valley and Coastal Ranges

37.9N 121.2W

July 2nd, 2009 Category: Rivers, Snapshots

California, USA - June 30th, 2009

California, USA - June 30th, 2009

This orthorectified ASAR (radar) image shows two geographical divisions of California, USA: the South Coast Ranges and the Central Valley.

The South Coast Ranges run north and south, parallel to the Pacific Coast, between San Francisco Bay to the north, the California Central Valley to the east, the Transverse Ranges to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

Much of the Central Valley is used for agriculture, although many populated areas are also visible. The bright white patch in the center, surrounded by farmland, is the city of Stockton. In and around Stockton are thousands of miles of waterways and rivers that make up the California Delta.

One important body of water visible here, at the upper left, is Suisun Bay, a shallow tidal estuary. It lies at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, thus forming the entrance to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, an inverted river delta.

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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