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Monterey Bay and Elkhorn Slough, California, USA

36.8N 121.7W

February 1st, 2012 Category: Wetlands

USA - December 27th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows Monterey Bay, a bay of the Pacific Ocean, along the central coast of California. The bay is south of San Francisco and San Jose, between the cities of Santa Cruz and Monterey. The Monterey Canyon, one of the largest underwater canyons in the world, begins off the coast of Moss Landing, exactly in the center of Monterey Bay.

Visible at the center right edge is Elkhorn Slough, a 17.1-mile-long (27.5 km) tidal slough and estuary on Monterey Bay. The community of Moss Landing and the huge Moss Landing Power Plant are located at the mouth of the slough on the bay. Elkhorn Slough harbors the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay and provides much-needed habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals, including more than 340 species of birds.

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