What Are Some Major Landforms in California?

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California is a geographically diverse state characterized by a variety of landforms. Some major landforms in California are the Yosemite Half Dome, the San Francisco Bay, Death Valley and Lake Tahoe.

The Yosemite Half Dome, which is located in Yosemite National Park, gets its name because it appears similar to a half scoop of ice cream. The mountain’s summit is 5,000 feet above sea level and was once considered too steep to climb.

The San Francisco Bay is a large body of water that leads into the Pacific Ocean.

Death Valley, which is 282 feet below sea level, is characterized by environmental extremes. In the summer, temperatures can reach as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit. At the other end of the extreme, the winter can see snow in some mountains in Death Valley. Visitors can experience sand dunes and salt flats at Death Valley as well.

Lake Tahoe is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Its elevation is 6,225 feet above sea level. Lake Tahoe has mountains that peak as high as 10,000 feet and a lake that is one of the deepest lakes in the United States. Visitors can experience outdoor activities at Lake Tahoe, including camping, hiking, boating and fishing.