San Joaquin Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
Parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the San Joaquin Valley are featured in this
synoptic, southeast-looking, oblique photograph of central California. Discernible are
the basin range east of the snowcapped Sierra Nevada Mountains; the steep east slopes and the more gradual but deeply dissected west slopes; and the broad, fertile, irrigated San Joaquin Valley with its diversity of crops. Paralleling the Sierra Nevada Mountains
on the western side of the San Joaquin Valley is the much lower Coast Range with
crests averaging between 2000 and 4000 feet (600 and 800 meters). Low stratus clouds overhang the lower valleys along the coastline.
Photo Credit: NASA