around the world have stair-step landforms, known as marine terraces. Marine terraces make up a large part of coastal California’s landscape—from San Diego to Crescent City. Find out how these landscapes form, why marine terraces are of interest to scientists, and where you can explore these landscapes.
The foothill regions throughout most of California are typically dominated by mosaics of chaparral shrublands and both evergreen and deciduous woodlands with oak species as the typical dominants. These areas commonly receive 400–800 mm annual rainfall. Rainfall is strongly centered on the winter months, and six months without rain is common.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What type of coast is California?
Definition. There are conflicting definitions of which states comprise the West Coast of the United States, but the West Coast always includes California, Oregon, and Washington as part of that definition.
What is the geography of the California coast?
Bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada and Arizona to the east, Mexico to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west, its physical geography is very diverse: within its boundaries are cliffs, beaches, volcanic lava beds, fertile river valleys, waterfalls, mountains and deserts.
What landforms are in the coastal region of California?
It has Pacific Ocean to its west, many bays along its coastline, mountain ranges such as Sierra Nevada range and Cascade range, high mountain peaks, valleys, rivers, many lakes and estuaries, an archipelago, hot and cold deserts, active volcanoes and even buttes !
What is the geography of the state of California?
California geography. Bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada and Arizona to the east, Mexico to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west, its physical geography is very diverse: within its boundaries are cliffs, beaches, volcanic lava beds, fertile river valleys, waterfalls, mountains and deserts.
Where are the coast and valleys of California?
The Central and Southern California Coast and Valleys covers the central and southern coast of California, including the San Francisco Bay and extending to the Mexican border. In the interior it includes the Central Valley and foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
Where are the Coastal Ranges located in California?
The Diablo and Santa Cruz Mountains are located in the Coastal Ranges. Napa Valley separates these ranges. The legendary Redwoods and the San Andreas Fault are located in the Coastal Ranges. The San Andreas Fault enters California from the Pacific Ocean near Port Arena and extends southeast into the state.