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Sierra Nevada   /siˈɛrə nəvˈɑdə/   Listen
Sierra Nevada

noun
1.
A mountain range in southern Spain along the Mediterranean coast to the east of Granada.
2.
A mountain range in eastern California; contains Mount Whitney.  Synonyms: High Sierra, Sierra Nevada Mountains.






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"Sierra Nevada" Quotes from Famous Books



... a Californian mining town, away up amid the snow-clad, rock-bound peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, sat a woman, in widow's weeds, holding upon her knee a bright-eyed, sunny-faced little girl, about five years old, while a little cherub of a boy lay upon a bear-skin before the open fireplace. It was Christmas Eve, and ...
— The Canadian Elocutionist • Anna Kelsey Howard

... Josiah Dwight Whitney, State Geologist of California, sent a band of five explorers for a summer's campaign in the high Sierras. Clarence King was assistant geologist of the party; he recounted their researches and adventures in "Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada," published in 1871 by J. R. Osgood & Co., Boston; three years later the same firm issued an enlarged edition with maps. "The Ascent of Mount Tyndall," the third chapter of the book, is one of the most thrilling ...
— Little Masterpieces of Science: Explorers • Various

... Prof. John Le Conte, is given in the Overland Monthly, being the result of some physical observations made by the author at Lake Tahoe, in 1873. Lake Tahoe, also called Lake Bigler, is situated at an altitude of 6,247 feet in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, partly in California, partly in Nevada. The lake has a length of 22 and a width of 12 miles. As regards its origin, the author regards it as a "plication hollow," or a trough produced by the formation of two mountain ridges, afterward modified by ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 433, April 19, 1884 • Various

... stream of considerable magnitude over which they cross. They ride in the water to elude their pursuers. Jones and Cole give them information relative to their friends. The joyful reception of the news. Arrival at the base of the Sierra Nevada. Fear of crossing the mountains in the snow. They construct themselves ...
— The American Family Robinson - or, The Adventures of a Family lost in the Great Desert of the West • D. W. Belisle

... gold belt extends north and south along the west slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The ore is in a series of parallel and overlapping veins striking with the trend of the range, associated with granodiorite intrusives in schist and slate. There is no pronounced secondary concentration. These deposits are the ...
— The Economic Aspect of Geology • C. K. Leith

... There the ice front of the main glacier followed the trend of the mountains at some distance from their face for an unknown extent to the northward. In the Cordilleras, as far south as southern Colorado, and probably in the Sierra Nevada to south of San Francisco, the mountain centres developed local glaciers, which in some places were of very great size, perhaps exceeding any of those which now exist in Switzerland. It will thus be seen that nearly ...
— Outlines of the Earth's History - A Popular Study in Physiography • Nathaniel Southgate Shaler

... built. It looks as if it were intended to last for a century, the stone work is so thoroughly finished. The views from this road are superior to anything we have seen in the Catskills, and the great sweep of the mountain clove recalls a Sierra Nevada trip on the way to ...
— The Hudson - Three Centuries of History, Romance and Invention • Wallace Bruce

... summers. To the south of it, the summer rains are heavy and continuous, without any showers in winter. Thus, lying between the opposite climates, it rarely enjoys the refreshing rains of either. Its back-bone is not a continuation of the rich Sierra Nevada, but of the coast range, which is poor in minerals. The Mexican estimates set down the population as amounting to 12,000,[26] but an American, who has carefully examined the country, going down the whole length of the peninsula on the one ...
— Mexico and its Religion • Robert A. Wilson



Words linked to "Sierra Nevada" :   range, mountain range, Whitney, California, Golden State, Donner Pass, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mount Whitney, chain, chain of mountains, mountain chain, range of mountains, Spain, Espana, ca, Calif., Kingdom of Spain



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