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Forests of Giant Kelp

Forests of giant kelp can be found in temperature waters around the globe in the southern hemisphere, but are unique to the west coast of North America in the northern hemisphere.

The Sierra Nevada

California was assembled by the successive collisions of the future North American continent with island arcs formed by tectonic activity. An enormous slab of granite beneath the surface was formed when molten rock (magma) produced by the Farallon plate sliding under the North American plate rose toward the surface. This granite is today exposed as the Sierra Nevada range in California.

The Minarets

As we reach the end of another year, we see the sun set on 2017, but this photo also presents a couple of scientific phenomena.