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The Sierra Nevada (/siˈɛrə nˈvɑːdə/ or /nˈvædə/, Spaingie: [ˈsjera neˈβaða], snawy range[6]) is a moontain range in the wastren Unitit States, atween the Central Valley o Californie an the Basin an Range Province.

Sierra Nevada
Sierra Nevada aerial.jpg
The Sierra's Mills Creek cirque (center) is on the wast side of the Sierra Crest, sooth o Mono Loch (tap, blue).
Heichest pynt
Peak Moont Whitney
Elevation 14,505 ft (4,421 m) [1]
Coordinates 36°34′43″N 118°17′31″W / 36.578580925°N 118.29199495°W / 36.578580925; -118.29199495Coordinates: 36°34′43″N 118°17′31″W / 36.578580925°N 118.29199495°W / 36.578580925; -118.29199495
Lenth 400 mi (640 km) north-sooth frae Fredonyer Pass tae Tehachapi Pass[2]
Weenth 65 mi (105 km) [3]
Aurie 24,370 sq mi (63,100 km2) [4]
Etymology 1777: Spainyie for "snawy moontain range"
Nickname the Sierra, the High Sierra, the Sierras, Range of Light (1894, John Muir)[5]
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Poseetion o Sierra Nevada inside Californie
Kintra Unitit States
States Californie and Nevada
Range coordinates 37°43′51″N 119°34′22″W / 37.73083°N 119.57278°W / 37.73083; -119.57278
Age o rock Mesozoic
Teep o rock batholith and igneous


  1. "Mount Whitney". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. 
  2. "Sierra Nevada". Ecological Subregions of California. United States Forest Service. Archived frae the oreeginal on 2010-12-05. 
  3. "Sierra Nevada". Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  4. "The Sierra Nevada Region". USCB Biogeography lab. Archived frae the oreeginal on 2011-05-14. 
  5. Muir, John (1894). Chapter 1: The Sierra Nevada. The Mountains of California. Retrieved 2010-05-29.  Freemit airtin in |work= (help)
  6. Carlson, Helen S. (1976). Nevada Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary. University of Nevada Press. p. 215. ISBN 978-0-87417-094-8.