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California’s Central Valley Parallel to the Pacific Coast, USA – June 10th, 2010

40.6N 122.3W

June 10th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Rivers

USA - June 1st, 2010

USA - June 1st, 2010

Central Valley, also known as the Great Central Valley, is located in California, USA. Extending from Shasta county in the north to Kern county in the south, it covers about 18,000 square miles (47,000 square km) and parallels the Pacific coast for about 450 miles (725 km).

Averaging about 40 miles (65 km) in width, it is almost totally enclosed by mountains, including the Klamath Mountains (north), Sierra Nevada (east), Tehachapi Mountains (south), and Pacific Coast Ranges (west). The Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, which run through the Central Valley, are fed mainly by the abundant rains and melting snows of the Sierra Nevada.

Southern California, USA, and Baja California, Mexico – December 24th, 2009

31.7N 114.7W

December 24th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Mexico - November 17th, 2009

Mexico - November 17th, 2009

This image stretches from the southern half of the California Central Valley, USA, in the upper left quadrant, to El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, in Baja California, Mexico, in the lower right quadrant. In between the two, the Colorado River spills tan sediments around Montague Island into the Sea of Cortes, also known as the Gulf of California.

Several mountain ranges can also be observed, including the Sierra Nevada Range, which bounds the California Central Valley to the east, the Tehachapi Mountains, south of the valley.

East of the Sierra Nevada ranges lies the large desert of the Intermontane Plateaus a large, arid desert. The southern portion of this region, known as the Great Basin, contains salt flats, drainage basins, and many smaller mountain ranges running north to south.

Fertile California Central Valley and Nearby Desert Areas of USA and Mexico

35.2N 119.5W

December 6th, 2009 Category: Climate Change

USA and Mexico - November 17th, 2009

USA and Mexico - November 17th, 2009

The California Central Valley, bounded by the Coastal Mountain Ranges in the west, the Sierra Nevada to the east, the Cascade Range in the north and the Tehachapi Mountains in the south, is California’s agricultural heartland and grows approximately one-third of the USA’s food.

East of the Cascades and Sierra Nevada ranges lies the Intermontane Plateaus (also known as the Intermountain West), a large, arid desert. The large southern portion, known as the Great Basin, consists of salt flats, drainage basins, and many small north-south mountain ranges. The Southwest is predominantly a low-lying desert region, which continues into Baja California and the rest of northern Mexico.

This FAPAR image highlights the great contrast between the high vegetation index of the California Central Valley and surrounding mountains, and the low photosynthetic activity of the desert areas.

The Southern Tip of California’s Central Valley

May 7th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

California, USA - May 6th, 2009

California, USA - May 6th, 2009

The Central Valley is a large, flat valley that dominates the central portion of the U.S. state of California. It is home to many of California’s most productive agricultural efforts, many of whose fields create green and brown checks in the image.

The valley stretches approximately 400 miles (600 km) from north to south. The southern half  is known as the San Joaquin Valley; this image focuses on the southernmost end.

The flatness of the valley floor contrasts with the rugged hills or gentle mountains that are typical of most of California’s terrain.

It is bounded by several mountain ranges, including the Sierra Nevada to the east, the Tehachapi Mountains to the south, and the Coastal Ranges to the west.

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