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Sierra-nevada Photographs

Thomas Hawk posted a photo:

High Sierras

date stamped on slide August 1972

dwblakey posted a photo:

Sunset

Looking toward Mt. Tom from across the gorge

moonjazz posted a photo:

Bridalveil Mist

Visiting Bridalveil waterfall is an easy walk for travelers from around the world. There is an ample parking lot and some of the best views are right there. Still you will want to walk the 3 tenths of a mile paved walkway to get to base and enjoy the mist on your face. Every second the falls is changing as winds play with the cascading water creating lovely forms. If you climb the rocks even closer beware that even dry boulders have been so polished by nature over time that it can be slippery without water. A lovely viewpoint for many photographers is waiting for sunset on the Merced river as the sun lights up the glacial granite cliffs by the falls. You can also see the falls and the entire valley from the tunnel overlook on Highway 41 which is a must stop for all visitors to this classic national park and world treasure. Plunging 620 feet (189 meters), Bridalveil Fall is often the first waterfall you'll see when entering Yosemite Valley. See it at its best in April and May.
It's a shame the Trump and company will cut the national parks budget by 20 percent and more then triple the entrance fees some most families could not afford to visit, write you congress person to encourage full funding to protect our treasured place and to protect our air and water too.

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Sierra-Nevada

The Sierra Nevada, meaning "snowy range" in Spanish, is a mountain range in the region of Andalusia in Spain. It contains the highest point of continental Spain, Mulhacén at 3,479 m.It is a popular tourist destination, as its high peaks make skiing possible in Europe's most southern ski resort in an area along the Mediterranean Sea predominantly known for its warm temperatures and abundant sunshine. At its foothills is found the city of Granada and, a little farther, Málaga and Almería.Parts of the range have been included in the Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada. The range has also been declared a biosphere reserve. The Sierra Nevada Observatory is located on the northern slopes at 2800 m.

Formation

The Sierra Nevada were formed during the Alpine Orogeny, a mountain-building event that also formed the European Alps to the east and the Atlas Mountains of northern Africa across the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The Sierra as observed today formed during the Tertiary Period (65 to 1.8 million years ago) from the collision of the African and Eurasian continental plates.

See also

  • Alpujarras
  • Geography of Spain

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References

Bibliography

  • Francisco Pérez Raya, Joaquín Molero Mesa, Francisco Valle Tendero, 1992: "Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada. Paisaje, fauna, flora, itinerarios". Ed. Rueda. Madrid. ISBN 84-7207-067-0 (spanish)
  • "Flora de la Tundra de Sierra Nevada". Pablo Prieto Fernández, Ed. Universidad de Granada. ISBN ISBN 84-60018105 (spanish)
  • "Sierra Nevada: Guía de Montaña". Aurelio del Castillo y Antonio del Castillo. Ed. Penibética, 2003. ISBN 84-932022-3-1 (spanish)