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Mt. Diablo
MOUNT DIABLO is a mountain of the Diablo Range , in Contra Costa County of the eastern San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco Bay Area
in Northern California
Northern California
. It is south of Clayton and northeast of Danville . It is an isolated upthrust peak of 3,849 feet (1,173 m), visible from most of the San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay
Area. Mount Diablo
Mount Diablo
appears from many angles to be a double pyramid and has many subsidiary peaks, the largest and closest of which is the other half of the double pyramid, North Peak, nearly as high in elevation at 3,557 feet (1,084 m) and about a mile northeast of the main summit
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Yosemite National Park
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (/joʊˈsɛmᵻti/ yoh-SEM-it-ee ) is a national park spanning portions of Tuolumne , Mariposa and Madera counties in Northern California
California
. The park, which is managed by the National Park Service , covers an area of 747,956 acres (1,168.681 sq mi; 302,687 ha; 3,026.87 km2) and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. On average, about 4 million people visit Yosemite each year, and most spend the majority of their time in the 5.9 square miles (15 km2) of Yosemite Valley . The park set a visitation record in 2016, surpassing 5 million visitors for the first time in its history
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Sentinel Dome
SENTINEL DOME is a granite dome in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
, United States. It lies on the south wall of Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley
, 0.8 miles (1.3 km) southwest of Glacier Point
Glacier Point
and 1.4 miles (2.3 km) northeast of Profile Cliff. Sentinel Dome
Sentinel Dome
is known for a Jeffrey Pine that grew from its peak (see photograph). The pine was photographed as early as 1867 by Carleton Watkins , and was the subject of a well-known photograph by Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams
. The tree died during the drought of 1976, but remained standing until August 2003. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Hiking
Hiking
trail * 3 References * 4 External links HISTORYThe original Native American name of Sentinel Dome, in the Southern Sierra Miwok language , was "Sakkaduch"
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Half Dome
HALF DOME is a granite dome at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley
in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
, California
California
. It is a well-known rock formation in the park, named for its distinct shape. One side is a sheer face while the other three sides are smooth and round, making it appear like a dome cut in half. The granite crest rises more than 4,737 ft (1,444 m) above the valley floor. CONTENTS * 1 Geology * 2 Ascents * 3 Hiking
Hiking
the Cable Route * 4 Notable ascents * 5 Notable free climbs * 6 In culture * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links GEOLOGY Main article: Geology of the Yosemite area Profile of Half Dome seen from Washburn Point The impression from the valley floor that this is a round dome that has lost its northwest half is an illusion
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San Mateo Bridge
The SAN MATEO–HAYWARD BRIDGE (commonly called the SAN MATEO BRIDGE) is a bridge crossing the U.S. state of California 's San Francisco Bay , linking the San Francisco Peninsula with the East Bay . The bridge's western end is in Foster City , a suburb on the eastern edge of San Mateo . The eastern end of the bridge is in Hayward . It is the longest bridge in California and the 25th longest in the world by length . The bridge is owned by the state of California, and is maintained by Caltrans , the state highway agency. Further oversight is provided by the Bay Area Toll Authority . The bridge is part of State Route 92 , whose western terminus is at the town of Half Moon Bay on the Pacific coast. It links Interstate 880 in the East Bay with U.S. Route 101 on the Peninsula. It is roughly parallel to and lies between the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge and the Dumbarton Bridge , and is sometimes used by commuters to avoid traffic delays due to emergencies on those bridges
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San Francisco Bay Bridge
The SAN FRANCISCO–OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE (known locally as the BAY BRIDGE) is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California . As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland , it carries about 260,000 vehicles a day on its two decks. It has one of the longest spans in the United States . The toll bridge was conceived as early as the gold rush days, but construction did not begin until 1933. Designed by Charles H. Purcell , and built by American Bridge Company , it opened on November 12, 1936, six months before the Golden Gate Bridge . It originally carried automobile traffic on its upper deck, and trucks and interurban streetcars on the lower, but after the Key System abandoned rail service, the lower deck was converted to all-road traffic as well. In 1986 the bridge was unofficially dedicated to James Rolph . The bridge has two sections of roughly equal length; the older western section, officially known as the Willie L
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Lassen Peak
LASSEN PEAK, commonly referred to as MOUNT LASSEN, is the southernmost active volcano in the Cascade Range
Cascade Range
, United States. Located in the Shasta Cascade region of Northern California
Northern California
, Lassen stands 3,500 ft (1,100 m) above the surrounding terrain and has a volume of 0.5 cu mi (2 km3), making it one of the largest lava domes on Earth. It arose on the destroyed northeastern flank of now-gone Mount Tehama , a stratovolcano at least 1,000 ft (300 m) higher than Lassen Peak. It is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc , which stretches from southwestern British Columbia
British Columbia
to northern California. On May 22, 1915, a powerful explosive eruption at Lassen Peak devastated nearby areas, and spread volcanic ash as far as 200 mi (300 km) to the east. This explosion was the most powerful in a series of eruptions from 1914 through 1917
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Sierra Nevada (U.S.)
The SIERRA NEVADA (/siˌɛrə nᵻˈvædə, -ˈvɑːdə/ , Spanish: , snowy range ) is a mountain range in the Western United States
Western United States
, between the Central Valley of California
California
and the Basin and Range Province . The vast majority of the range lies in the state of California
California
, although the Carson Range spur lies primarily in Nevada
Nevada
. The Sierra Nevada
Nevada
is part of the American Cordillera , a chain of mountain ranges (cordillera) that consists of an almost continuous sequence of mountain ranges that form the western "backbone" of North America , Central America
Central America
, South America
South America
and Antarctica
Antarctica

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State Park
STATE PARKS are parks or other protected areas managed at the sub-national level within those nations which use "state" as a political subdivision. State parks are typically established by a state to preserve a location on account of its natural beauty, historic interest, or recreational potential. There are state parks under the administration of the government of each U.S. state, some of the Mexican states , and in Brazil. The term is also used in the Australian
Australian
state of Victoria . The equivalent term used in Canada, Argentina, South Africa and Belgium, is provincial park . Similar systems of local government maintained parks exist in other countries, but the terminology varies. State parks are thus similar to national parks , but under state rather than federal administration. Similarly, local government entities below state level may maintain parks, e.g., regional parks or county parks
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Open Space Reserve
An OPEN SPACE RESERVE (also called OPEN SPACE PRESERVE, OPEN SPACE RESERVATION, and GREEN SPACE) is an area of protected or conserved land or water on which development is indefinitely set aside. The purpose of an open space reserve may include the preservation or conservation of a community or region's rural natural or historic character; the conservation or preservation of a land or water area for the sake of recreational , ecological , environmental , aesthetic , or agricultural interests; or the management of a community or region's growth in terms of development, industry, or natural resources extraction. Open space reserves may be urban , suburban , or rural; they may be actual designated areas of land or water, or they may be zoning districts or overlays where development is limited or controlled to create undeveloped areas of land or water within a community or region. They may be publicly owned or owned by non-profit or private interests
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Drainage Basin
A DRAINAGE BASIN is any area of land where precipitation collects and drains off into a common outlet, such as into a river , bay , or other body of water . The drainage basin includes all the surface water from rain runoff , snowmelt , and nearby streams that run downslope towards the shared outlet, as well as the groundwater underneath the earth's surface. Drainage basins connect into other drainage basins at lower elevations in a hierarchical pattern , with smaller SUB-DRAINAGE BASINS, which in turn drain into another common outlet. Other terms used interchangeably with drainage basin are CATCHMENT AREA, CATCHMENT BASIN, DRAINAGE AREA, RIVER BASIN, and WATER BASIN. In North America , the term WATERSHED is commonly used to mean a drainage basin, though in other English-speaking countries, it is used only in its original sense, that of a drainage divide
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Easement
An EASEMENT is a non-possessory right to use and/or enter onto the real property of another without possessing it. It is "best typified in the right of way which one landowner, A, may enjoy over the land of another, B". It is similar to real covenants and equitable servitudes ; in the United States, the Restatement (Third) of Property takes steps to merge these concepts as servitudes. Easements are helpful for providing pathways across two or more pieces of property, allowing individuals to access other properties or a resource, for example to fish in a privately owned pond or to have access to a public beach. An easement is considered as a property right in itself at common law and is still treated as a type of property in most jurisdictions. The rights of an easement holder vary substantially among jurisdictions
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Golden Gate Bridge
The GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate , the one-mile-wide (1.6 km) strait connecting San Francisco
San Francisco
Bay and the Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
. The structure links the American city of San Francisco , California
California
– the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula – to Marin County , carrying both U.S. Route 101
U.S. Route 101
and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers
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San Rafael Bridge
‹See Tfd› "San Rafael Bridge" redirects here. For the bridge in Utah, see San Rafael Bridge (Utah) . RICHMOND–SAN RAFAEL BRIDGE The Richmond–San Rafael Bridge from its western terminus COORDINATES 37°56′05″N 122°26′02″W / 37.9347°N 122.4338°W / 37.9347; -122.4338 Coordinates : 37°56′05″N 122°26′02″W / 37.9347°N 122.4338°W / 37.9347; -122.4338 CARRIES 4 lanes (2 WB on upper level, 2 EB on lower) of I-580 CROSSES San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay LOCALE San Rafael, California and Richmond, California OFFICIAL NAME Richmond–San Rafael Bridge or John F. McCarthy Memorial Bridge OTHER NAME(S) Richmond Bridge San Rafael Bridge NAMED FOR John F
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Central Valley (California)
The CENTRAL VALLEY is a flat valley that dominates the geographical center of the U.S. state
U.S. state
of California
California
. It is 40 to 60 miles (60 to 100 km) wide and stretches approximately 450 miles (720 km) from north-northwest to south-southeast, inland from and parallel to the Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
coast. It covers approximately 18,000 square miles (47,000 km2), about 11% of California's total land area (or about the size of Denmark
Denmark
). The valley is bounded by the Sierra Nevada to the east and the Coast Ranges to the west. It is California's single most productive agricultural region and one of the most productive in the world, providing more than half of the fruits, vegetables and nuts grown in the United States. More than 7 million acres (28,000 km2) of the valley are irrigated via an extensive system of reservoirs and canals
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Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta
The SACRAMENTO–SAN JOAQUIN RIVER DELTA, or CALIFORNIA DELTA, is an expansive inland river delta and estuary in Northern California
Northern California
. The Delta is formed at the western edge of the Central Valley by the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and lies just east of where the rivers enter Suisun Bay
Suisun Bay
. The Delta is recognized for protection by the California Bays and Estuaries Policy . The city of Stockton is located on the San Joaquin River
San Joaquin River
on the eastern edge of the delta. The total area of the Delta, including both land and water, is about 1,100 square miles (2,800 km2)
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