Four main geologic regions make up California’s diverse lands: Coastal (Pacific Ocean), Mountain (Sierra Nevada Range), Central Valley (Great Valley), and Desert (Great Basin, Colorado, and Mojave deserts).
The Golden State’s agricultural industry is a major part of California’s economy, generating approximately $40.1 billion in revenues. There are approximately 76,400 farms, covering 43 million acres of California. The average size farm comprises 348 acres. Agriculture makes a significant contribution to all 58 counties.
California’s most valuable commodities are dairy products, almonds, grapes, and cattle. In fact, the state produces about two-thirds of the nation’s fruit and nuts and about one-third of the nation’s vegetables. Most of the cropland is found in the central valley region.
California wildlife is abundant on both land and water. One-third of the entire state is forested, and another large portion is desert, creating diverse ecosystems for multiple species. Primary wildlife includes black bears, deer, cougars, coyotes, raccoons, weasels, beavers, and otters. Sadly, the California Grizzly depicted on the state’s flag became extinct in the 1920s. Whales and sharks can be found in the Pacific ocean.
Multiple conservation efforts are in place to protect California’s wildlife and land. Much of the recreational land is held publicly in the form of state and national parks which helps to aid in the state’s conservation programs.
Primary freshwater species include Chinook salmon, striped bass, California golden trout, channel catfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, and white sturgeon. In northern California, you will even find Ice fishing opportunities for trout and other species during the winter months.
The primary saltwater species include halibut, redfish, speckled trout, blacktip shark, and cobia. Pacific Ocean access makes for diverse opportunities along the West Coast for the beach, pier, and offshore fishing.
Major Rivers and Lakes
The three main rivers in California are the Colorado River, Sacramento River, and San Joaquin River. Their tributaries include the Gunnison River, White River, Pit River, McCloud River, and Merced River.
The largest lake is Tulare Lake which is located in the San Joaquin valley. The surface area of this lake is approximately 439,680 acres (687 square miles). Other significant lakes include Salton Lake, Lake Tahoe, and Mono Lake.
Iowa consists of seven major landform regions: Northwest Iowa Plains, Des Moines Lobe, Iowan Surface, Paleozoic Plateau, Missouri Alluvial Plain, Loess Hills, and Southern Iowa Drift Plain.
State and National Parks
California has 280 state parks and 9 national parks.
|Neighboring States||Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and the Mexican state of Baja California|
|Regions||Coastal, Mountain, Central Valley, and Desert|
|State Flower||California Poppy|
|State Bird||California Quail|
|Big Game||Deer, bear, wild pig, elk, pronghorn, and bighorn sheep|
|Small Game||Squirrels, rabbits, jackrabbits, ruffed grouse, pheasant, and bobwhite quail|
|Freshwater Fish||Chinook salmon, striped bass, California golden trout, rainbow trout, channel catfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, and sturgeon|
|Saltwater Fish||Halibut, cod, mackerel, seabass, sharks, and striped bass|
|Total Acreage||100 million acres|
|Total Public Land Acreage||15 million acres|
|Average Annual Rainfall||35 inches|
|Farmland by Acreage||43 million acres|
|Woodlands by Acreage||33 million acres|
|Primary Crops||Dairy products and Almonds|
|Main Rivers||Colorado River, Sacramento River, and San Joaquin River|
|Largest Lake||Tulare Lake|
|Other Lakes||Salton Lake, Lake Tahoe, and Mono Lake|
|Other Tributaries||Gunnison River, White River, Pit River, McCloud River, and Merced River|
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