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The Sutter Buttes in California’s Sacramento Valley, USA – November 18th, 2009

39.1N 121.6W

November 18th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

California, USA - October 22nd, 2009

California, USA - October 22nd, 2009

Rising up above the agricultural areas and flat plains of the Sacramento Valley, which stretches between the Coastal Mountains (left) and the Cascade Mountains (right) in this orthorectified image, are the Sutter Buttes.

The Sutter Buttes are a small circular complex of eroded volcanic lava domes. The highest peak, South Butte, reaches about 2,130 feet (650 m) above sea level. The Buttes are located just outside of Yuba City, California in the Sacramento Valley, the northern part of the Central Valley.

The mountains are about 10 miles (16 km) from north to south and east to west, and are the smallest mountain range in the world. They were formed over 1.5 million years ago by a now-extinct volcano.

California’s Sacramento Valley, Between the Coastal and Cascade Mountains

39.6N 122.4W

July 16th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

California, USA - June 30th, 2009

California, USA - June 30th, 2009

The Sacramento Valley stretches between the Coastal Mountains (left) and the Cascade Mountains (right) in California, USA.

Here, the Coastal Mountains include the peak known as Pence Mountain, a summit in Colusa County that climbs to 1,857 feet (566.01 meters) above sea level.

The Cascades, on the other hand, include a peak called Promontory Point, a summit in Tehama County that reachesĀ  3,589 feet (1,093.93 meters) above sea level.

A small, seemingly out-of-place peak can also be seen in the middle of the valley, at the bottom of thisĀ  orthorectified image. These are the Twin Peaks, comprised of North Butte and South Butte, part of the Sutter Buttes.

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