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Sierra Nevada Mountains California

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The Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, is a mountain range in the Western United States, between the Central Valley of California and the Great Basin. The vast majority of the range lies in the state of California, although the Carson Range spur lies primarily in Nevada. The Sierra Nevada is part of the American Cordillera, a chain of mountain ranges that consists of an almost continuous sequence of such ranges that form the western “backbone” of North America, Central America, South America and Antarctica.

The height of the mountains in theSierra Nevada Mountains increases gradually from north to south. Between Fredonyer Pass and Lake Tahoe, the peaks range from 5,000 feet (1,500 m) to more than 9,000 feet (2,700 m). The crest near Lake Tahoe is roughly 9,000 feet (2,700 m) high, with several peaks approaching the height of Freel Peak (10,881 ft or 3,317 m). Farther south, the highest peak in Yosemite National Park is Mount Lyell(13,120 ft or 3,999 m). The Sierra Nevada Mountains rises to almost 14,000 feet (4,300 m) with Mount Humphreys near Bishop, California. Finally, near Lone PineMount Whitney is at 14,505 feet (4,421 m), the highest point in the contiguous United States.

Notable features:

There are several notable geographical features in the Sierra Nevada: