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Sierra Nevada Range
Parent Area: Pacific Cordillera Range
Area: 89482 sq km.Location: This is the largest mountain range in California. It runs north-south along the eastern edge of California, on the Nevada border. It lies between the large Central Valley depression to the west and Nevada on the east. It runs more than 400 kilometres north from the Mohave Desert, ending in the Cascades.
Terrain: The Sierra Nevada varies in width from about 120 km miles wide at Lake Tahoe to about 80 km wide in the south.
It is a common destination of the huge number of people that live in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is also the source of much of the limited water and hydro power in the area.
History: The Sierra Nevada was the focus of the famous California gold rush.