Scenic USA - California
Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of attractions, points of interest, historic sites, state and
national parks found throughout the United States. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
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Granite and Glacier
|Photo by Steve Wolfe
Steve Wolfe Gallery
An aerial view of California is marked by two distinctive mountain ranges. The parallel
Coastal Range and the Sierra Nevada mountain belts, separated by the Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin Valley, are products of a slow subduction of the earth's massive tectonic plates. The Pacific Basin, slowly moving easterly, is being forced under the North America plate, uplifting California's mountain ranges. These granitic mountains, made up of igneous rock, were formed from crystallized magma below the earth's crust.
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