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Bodies of Water on Both Sides of Great Central Valley, California, USA

39.1N 120W

October 10th, 2012 Category: Lakes

USA – October 7th, 2012

Several bodies of water can be seen on both sides of the Great Central Valley in the state of California, USA. On the right side of the image are Lake Tahoe (center, right) and Pyramid Lake (above, right). Both lakes are connected by the Truckee River, which is the sole outlet of Lake Tahoe and drains part of the high Sierra Nevada, emptying into Pyramid Lake in the Great Basin. Its waters are an important source of irrigation along its valley and adjacent valleys.

In the lower left quadrant is the San Francisco Bay, 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.

Specifically, both rivers flow into Suisun Bay, which flows through the Carquinez Strait to meet with the Napa River at the entrance to San Pablo Bay, which connects at its south end to San Francisco Bay. However, the entire group of interconnected bays is often referred to as “San Francisco Bay”.

Bays and Bridges of San Francisco Bay Area, USA – January 31st, 2012

37.7N 122.4W

January 31st, 2012 Category: Image of the day

USA - December 27th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows the city of San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area, a region of 7.15 million people in California, USA. It encompasses a land area of about 46.9 square miles (121 km2) on the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, giving it a density of about 17,179 people per square mile (6,632 people per km2). It is the most densely settled large city (population greater than 200,000) in the state of California and the second-most densely populated large city in the United States after New York City. Here, this area appears bright white.

What is frequently referred to as the San Francisco Bay is actually a system of several interconnected bays: the San Francisco Bay (bottom) is connected to the San Pablo Bay, which in turn is joined with the Suisun Bay, above the image center. Here, the bridges spanning these bays can be observed as thin white lines over the dark black waters. These are, moving from just above the center to the lower right corner of the full image, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, and the Dumbarton Bridge.

Bridges Spanning Bays by San Francisco, USA

37.7N 122.4W

November 10th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

California, USA - October 22nd, 2009

California, USA - October 22nd, 2009

The city of San Francisco, California, can be seen along the shores of the San Francisco Bay in this orthorectified image. A series of bodies of water are visible, as the San Francisco Bay (bottom right quadrant) is connected to the San Pablo Bay to the northwest, which in turn is joined with the Suisun Bay, above the image center.

The bridges spanning these bays appear as thin white or light grey lines in this ASAR image. These are, moving from the center to the lower right corner, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, and the Dumbarton Bridge.

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.

Bridges of the San Francisco Bay Area – July 24th, 2009

37.7N 122.4W

July 24th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

USA - July 9th, 2009

USA - July 9th, 2009

This orthorectified image offers a sharp view of San Francisco and the Bay Area in California, USA. The large bay in the bottom right quadrant is the San Francisco Bay, which connects to the San Pablo Bay to the northwest, which in turn connects to the Suisun Bay, upper right quadrant.

Several bridges can be seen crossing these bays, including the famous Golden Gate Bridge, close to the center, the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, spanning the lower part of the San Francisco Bay, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, east of the Golden Gate, and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, below San Pablo Bay.

Also of note is the San Francisco International Airport, whose main runways appears as a black cross on the western shores of the San Francisco Bay.

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