STS040-609-40
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Image Caption: STS040-609-040 Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe, California, U.S.A. June 1991
The Central Valley, the snowcapped Sierra Nevada Range, and Lake Tahoe are visible in this synoptic, low-oblique, east-looking photograph. The Central Valley's numerous agricultural fields trend north-south. Sacramento and Stockton (near the bottom center of the photograph) are visible. The forested Sierra Nevada Mountains trend north-northwest-south-southeast. The forested areas are part of the Tahoe, El Dorado, and Stanislaus National Forests. Centrally located is Lake Tahoe, a large depression-filled lake within the Sierra Nevadas. Viewing clockwise from Pyramid Lake at the top center of the photograph are Walker Lake and part of Mono Lake.