Muir Woods. Copyright © David Geen. Image used under Creative Commons 2.0 License.

Muir Woods National Monument is located on the Pacific coast 12 miles north of San Francisco and is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  It protects 559 acres of old growth Coast Redwood forests, one of the few remaining stands in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the forest is regularly shrouded in a coastal marine layer fog, contributing to a wet environment that encourages vigorous plant growth.  The fog is also vital for the growth of the redwoods, as they use moisture from the fog during the dry summer.  (Source: Wikipedia, Image: David Geen)

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