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The Important Big Book
of The Regions of
California
Electronic Big Book Adaptation 2012
By Ms. Mary Ann Rechtfertig
Previously Adapted by Melinda Rader
Modified by Robin Saltzer
The important thing about California is that there are four natural regions:
 The land beside the Pacific Ocean is the coast. The farther you travel north along
the coast, the climate and the landscape change.
 The southern coast has long stretches of sandy, warm beaches. But as you travel
north along the coast of central and northern California, the coastline becomes more
rocky.
 As you travel from south to north, the climate changes too. The further north you
go, the climate becomes more foggy, cool and damp. This climate change helps thick
forests to grow in the north.
 One thing that the Northern and Southern Coast do have in common is the low
level coastal mountain ranges that span from the south to the north, providing a
natural boarder.
 Additionally, over one-half of California’s population lives along the coast and it
has some of this country’s largest cities.
But, the important thing about California is there are four natural regions: the coast, the
Central Valley, the mountains, and the deserts.
The important thing about California is that there are four natural regions:
 The Central Valley region has very productive farmland.
 Its flat basin is over 400 miles long and is 40-60 miles wide. It is
surrounded by the Coast Ranges on the west and the Sierra Nevada
Mountains on the East.
If you look from an airplane, the Central Valley resembles a patch-work
quilt.
 The hot dry summer and the cool wet winter help this region grow over
300 different types of crops.
 These agricultural products are shipped all over the world. Additionally,
the Central Valley region is home to our State’s Capital in Sacramento.
But, the important thing about California is there are four natural regions: the
coast, the Central Valley, the mountains, and the deserts.
The important thing about California is that there are four natural regions:
 More than half of California is covered with mountains.
 The major mountain ranges are: Coast Mountains, Cascades, and the
Sierra Nevada.
 Since the mountain region provides people with recreation, many
national parks and state parks have been established to protect trees
and wildlife.
 However, the most important thing about the mountain region is that it
one of the main sources of water for all of California.
But, the important thing about California is there are four natural regions: the
coast, the Central Valley, the mountains, and the deserts.
The important thing about California is that there are four natural regions:
 The desert region has animal and plant life that are adapted to the extreme climate.
 California has two large deserts -the Mojave and the Colorado and four smaller ones Great Basin, Sonoran, and Painted, and Chihauhuan.
 Death Valley has the lowest elevation in the United States and it is located within the
Mojave Desert.
 The deserts of California cover approximately 25 million acres, roughly the entire
south east quarter of California.
 Deserts look like wastelands.
 They are comprised or made up of canyons, plants, flowers, and animals that have
adapted to the heat and lack of water.
  Deserts are generally dry, sandy, and hot. They average 2-5 inches of rain a year
and summer heat can rise to 120 degrees!
But, the important thing about California is there are four natural regions: the
coast, the Central Valley, the mountains, and the deserts.
Mountains
Deserts
The Central Valley
The Coast
Why is this important?
It is important because
California is our home!