Yosemite Falls. Copyright © Timm Martin. Image used with permission.

Yosemite National Park in California covers an area of 761,268 acres and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain.  Over 3.7 million people visit Yosemite each year; most spend their time in the seven square miles of Yosemite Valley.  Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity.  About 1 million years ago, glaciers nearly 1 mile thick moved down the river and sculpted the U-shaped valley that attracts so many visitors to its scenic vistas today.  (Source: Wikipedia, Image: Timm Martin)

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