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The California Central Valley

The California Central Valley dominates the central portion of the state of California. Bounded by the Cascade Range to the north, the Sierra Nevada to the east, the Tehachapi Mountains to the south, and the Coast Range and San Francisco Bay to the west, this very large valley is a vast agricultural region drained by the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. The northern area (north of the Mokelumne River and the Sacramento_San Joaquin Delta) is called the Sacramento Valley; the southern area is called the San Joaquin Valley. Major tributaries of these two rivers that flow into the California Central Valley include:

Sacramento Valley
San Joaquin Valley

Major cities in the Central Valley include Sacramento (California state capital), Stockton, Fresno, Redding, and Bakersfield.

A typical Central Valley scene

The Central Valley Project was formed in 1935 to redistribute and store water for agricultural and municipal purposes with dams and canals.

Culturally, the Central Valley is very different than the rest of California. While California is identified with liberal politics, the Central Valley outside of the major cities tends to vote for Republicans or more conservative Democrats.

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California Central Valley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (698 words)
The California Central Valley is a large, flat valley that dominates the central portion of the state of California.
The Valley is also known for its hot weather in the summer and the thick tule fog in the winter.
The Central Valley has become famous around the world as the home of California's giant agriculture industry; the fertile soil is also thought to have originated from the days when the valley was a sea floor.
NPR : California's Central Valley (1116 words)
Yet the Central Valley is often referred to as the "other California" or California's "backyard," and the valley's inhabitants are acutely aware that they do not share in the glamour of Hollywood or Silicon Valley.
California's Central Valley is the most dynamic agricultural region in the world, yet farmers there are under tremendous pressure from new valley residents relocated from the coast and environmentalists to clean up their act.
The birthplace of modern agribusiness, the Central Valley supplies a quarter of the nations' foodstuffs and sets trends for farming nationwide.
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