The Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary is one of the United States' 13 National Marine Sanctuaries that protect and preserve ocean ecosystems in the U.S. Cordell Bank is a seamount approximately 50 miles northwest of San Francisco where the ocean bottom rises to within 120 feet (37 meters) of the surface. The seamount was discovered in 1853 by the U.S. Coast Survey, and named for Edward Cordell, who surveyed the area more thoroughly in 1869. It has been protected as a sanctuary since 1989. The protected area encompasses 526 square miles (1347 square km) of ocean. ...more on Wikipedia about "Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary"
Del Playa Drive is a street in Isla Vista, California that overlooks the ocean. The street stretchs over the full length of the unincoporated city (about one mile). It is the heart of the Isla Vista "party scene". Specifically, the first two thirds of the street from the Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara campus border, are the focal point of the parties. ...more on Wikipedia about "Del Playa Drive"
California's Delta-Mendota Canal is a 120-mile-long component of the Central Valley Project, a system of irrigation and hydroelectric canals and dams. The Delta-Mendota Canal is used for irrigation water. It has its head at the Tracy Pumping Plant, which diverts water to it from the Delta Cross Channel. The canal runs south along the western edge of the San Joaquin Valley and ends at the San Joaquin River near the town of Mendota, just west of Fresno. ...more on Wikipedia about "Delta-Mendota Canal"
The Devils Playground is a large sandy region in the Mojave Desert in the state of California in the United States. Dunes and salt flats stretch for approximately 40 miles in a generally northwest-southeasterly direction in the Mojave National Preserve. The "playground" lies between the town of Baker and the Providence Mountains. ...more on Wikipedia about "Devils Playground"
Drakes Bay is a small bay on the coast of northern California in the United States, approximately 30 mi (48 km) northwest of San Francisco at approximately 38 deg N latitude. The bay is approximately 8 mi (13 km) wide. It is formed on the lee side of the coastal current by Point Reyes. ...more on Wikipedia about "Drakes Bay"
Drakes Estero is an expansive estuary in Marin County on the Pacific coast of northern California in the United States. It is created by the confluence of several streams and feeds Drakes Bay, approximately 25 mi (40 km) northwest of San Francisco. It is protected from the main bay by a narrow spit of land. The estaury provides the main drainage for the Point Reyes peninsula. ...more on Wikipedia about "Drakes Estero"
Eastern California is not a well-defined term. It generally refers to the strip of California to the east of the crest of the Sierra Nevada, or to the easternmost counties of California: ...more on Wikipedia about "Eastern California" Don't hesitate to contact stuff on www.shortopedia.com
Estero Bay is located on the Pacific coast of California in the United States. Towns on the bay include Morro Bay and Cayucos. There is another bay with the same name in Florida—see Estero Bay (Florida). Atascadero State Beach and Morro Strand State Beach are located at the edge of the bay. ...more on Wikipedia about "Estero Bay (California)"
The Fish Creek Mountains Wilderness is located about 25 miles west of Brawley, California and southeast of the Vallecito Mountains in the United States. The wilderness is located in the Fish Creek Mountains region in the northern part of the Carrizo Impact Area, which is closed to the public. ...more on Wikipedia about "Fish Creek Mountains Wilderness"
The Fish Slough Area of Critical Environmental Concern is located near Bishop, California on the western side of the Chalfant Valley (or north Owens Valley). Its 36,000 acres were designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) in 1982. The ACEC is an oasis in the middle of the otherwise arid Volcanic Tableland. ...more on Wikipedia about "Fish Slough Area of Critical Environmental Concern"
The foothills of California are groups of foothills that are located along and around San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County, California. They roughly follow the path of Interstate 210, giving it the name "Foothill Freeway". The City of Glendora considers itself a foothill community, with the city motto being "Pride of the Foothills." ...more on Wikipedia about "Foothills of California"
The Fremont Valley is located in the western Mojave Desert of California. It stretches in a southwest-northeasterly direction from the town of Mojave approximately 40 miles to the foothills of the Lava Mountains and Summit Range. The valley is home to Koehn Dry Lake and the Desert Tortoise Natural Area, as well as the communities of California City and Cantil. ...more on Wikipedia about "Fremont Valley"
The geography of California is rich and diverse. There are alpine mountains, foggy coastlines, hot deserts, and a fertile central valley. The state is home to the world's tallest ( coast redwood), most massive ( Giant Sequoia), and oldest ( bristlecone pine) trees. It is also home to both the highest ( Mt. Whitney) and lowest ( Death Valley) points in the 48 contiguous states. ...more on Wikipedia about "Geography of California"
Long Valley Caldera, in California, hosts an active hydrothermal system that includes hot springs, fumaroles ( steam vents), and mineral deposits. Hot springs exist primarily in the eastern half of the caldera where land-surface elevations are relatively low; fumaroles exist primarily in the western half where elevations are higher. Mineral deposits from thermal activity are found on the an uplifted aread called the resurgent dome, at Little Hot Creek springs, Hot Creek Gorge, and other locations in the south and east moats of the caldera. ...more on Wikipedia about "Geothermal areas in Long Valley"
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Gold Country (also Mother Lode Country) is a region in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of California, famed for the mines and mineral deposits which so famously brought the '49ers west for the California Gold Rush. Gold Country is generally thought to lie north of Yosemite, west of the Sierra Nevada and within nine of California's counties: Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento and Tuolumne. In general, the region lies along California State Highway 49 between the north fork of the Yuba River and the middle fork of the Cosumnes River. ...more on Wikipedia about "Gold Country"
The Golden Gate is the strait connecting the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. Since the 1930s it has been spanned by the Golden Gate Bridge. ...more on Wikipedia about "Golden Gate"
The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary is one of 13 marine sanctuaries in the U.S., found outside San Francisco's Golden Gate, and comprises part of the United Nations' Golden Gate Biosphere Reserve . It adjoins two other National Marine Sanctuaries, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The Sanctuary was declared in 1981 and protects about 1250 square miles (3,240 km²) of the waters off San Francisco, part of the highly productive California Current Sysytem. Within the sanctuary are the Farallon Islands and associated National Wildlife Refuge, the sanctuary protects the feeding grounds of the seabirds and seals that breed and haul out on the islands. The sanctuary also protects migrating whales, especially Gray Whales, and a population of Great White Sharks. ...more on Wikipedia about "Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary"
Harbin Hot Springs is a commercial hot springs retreat center in Northern California. It has been gathering place for healing since early times of Native Americans. ...more on Wikipedia about "Harbin hot springs"
For residents of Southern California, the Inland Empire is a popular informal name for a region located at the eastern end of the Greater Los Angeles Area. The Inland Empire is centered on the oldest cities in the region: Ontario, San Bernardino, Redlands, Upland, and Riverside. These cities were established at about the end of the 19th century and were major centers of agriculture including citrus, dairy, and wine-making. The name "Inland Empire" was first used in the 1950s to distinguish the region from the communities of the Los Angeles area, and Los Angeles itself. ...more on Wikipedia about "Inland Empire (California)"
Inyo National Forest is a federally protected forest. It is mostly located in California, but has a small section in Nevada. ...more on Wikipedia about "Inyo National Forest"
The Kaweah Colony was a utopian Socialist community in central California founded in 1886. Located in the Sierra Nevada range, they lived adjacent to groves of giant sequoia trees. The colony officially disbanded in 1892. The establishment of Sequoia National Park in 1890 effectively ended the colony. Some of their descendants still reside in the area. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kaweah Colony"
Kelso Dunes, also known as the Kelso Dune Field, is the largest field of eolian sand deposits in the Mojave Desert. The region is protected by the Mojave National Preserve and is located near the town of Baker, San Bernardino County, California. The dune field covers 115 square kilometers (45 square miles) and includes migrating dunes, vegetation-stabilized dunes, sand sheets, and sand ramps. The tallest dunes rise up to 200 meters (656 feet) above the surrounding terrain. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kelso Dunes"
Lake Merced is a freshwater lake in the southwest corner of San Francisco, California. It is surrounded by two golf courses: the private Olympic Club and the public Harding Park Golf Club) as well as homes, Lowell High School, San Francisco State University, and the Pacific Ocean. ...more on Wikipedia about "Lake Merced"
Lake Tunedae is a small lake at the Desert Studies Center in Zzyzx, California. It is inhabited by mudhens as well as the endangered Mohave tui chub. ...more on Wikipedia about "Lake Tunedae"
Lassen Volcanic National Park is a United States National Park in central northern California. The dominant feature of the park is Lassen Peak; the largest plug dome volcano in the world and the southern-most volcano in the Cascade Range. ...more on Wikipedia about "Lassen Volcanic National Park"
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