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By Allan A. Schoenherr

ISBN-10: 0520069226

ISBN-13: 9780520069220

During this complete and abundantly illustrated e-book, Allan Schoenherr describes a kingdom with a better variety of landforms, a greater diversity of habitats, and extra varieties of vegetation and animals than any quarter of similar measurement in all of North the United States. A typical background of California will familiarize the reader with the weather, rocks, soil, vegetation and animals in each one distinct quarter of the kingdom.

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The only gap is where San Francisco Bay has formed an opening in the Coast Ranges. Air usually flows onshore through that gap, and when it flows toward the coast, it tends to flow over the dense air of the Great Central Valley. Seasons in California People who were raised in the east find seasons in California to be confusing. The pattern of the east has been popularized for years by romantic poets, novelists, and songwriters. Winter snow is followed by a spring awakening. Green summer forests are followed by autumn color.

Water is seldom scarce, and the vegetation responds to marked seasonal change in temperature. A person from the east who yearns to see that sort of change in California must visit a community where vegetation borders a permanent stream. This is called a riparian (riverside) community. Canyons all over the mountains of California experience seasonal change similar to that of the eastern United States. Water is always present, and temperature fluctuates markedly. Autumn color in aspen groves on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada provides a scene of great beauty that may be reached by driving Highway 395 northward from Mammoth Lakes (pl.

In late August these storms often reach as far as Arizona, where locally heavy precipitation is common. The Arizona portion of the Sonoran Desert experiences considerable summer precipitation. This rain falls during the hottest time of the year, however, so that evaporation rates are very high and the < previous page page_37 If you like this book, buy it! 7 Rivers of air. A. The typical winter air flow depicted here for the United States may bring an onshore flow of warm air to coastal California.

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