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Encyclopedia > Merced River

The Merced River is in California. Its headwaters are in the southern half of Yosemite National Park. The river flows into the Yosemite Valley. Much of the water is stored behind the New Exchequer dam in Lake McClure, and diverted by the Merced Irrigation District at the Crocker-Huffman diversion dam. The remainder of the water flows southwest through foothills, and then across the San Joaquin Valley to join the San Joaquin River. Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq. ... Yosemite redirects here. ... Yosemite Valley with Half Dome in the distance. ... Lake McClure is a large lake in western Mariposa County, California, about 40 miles east of Modesto. ... The eight-county San Joaquin Valley is the part of the Central Valley of California that lies south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in Stockton. ... The San Joaquin River, 330 miles (530 km) long, is the second-longest river in California, United States. ...

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Irrigation and Fish

Much of the length of the river has been improved, to facilitate fish spawning.


A map of the Merced River watershed and Merced Irrigation District canals is available at: http://www.mercedid.org/_images/watershed_map.pdf . This map shows the irrigation district's main canals; it does not show the small canals and pipelines that serve most farms. The map also shows creeks that collect stormwater runoff.


Towns

Towns along the Merced River include:

Categories: Stub | Unincorporated communities in California ... Yosemite Village is the census-designated place covering Yosemite Valley. ... Delhi is a census-designated place located in Merced County, California, USA. According to the 2000 census, the CDP had a total population of 8,022. ... Livingston is a city in Merced County, California. ... Hilmar is a census-designated place and town in Merced County, California. ...

History

If the Merced River took the most direct path to the San Joaquin River, it would follow Bear Creek through mostly-clay soils.


The Ice Ages severely affected the Merced River. A glacier carved out the Yosemite Valley, grinding mountains into sand. Half Dome and El Capitan are remnants of those mountains. Since the Ice Ages, the Merced River has flowed past Livingston, leaving sandy soil in its wake. Variations in CO2, temperature and dust from the Vostok ice core over the last 400 000 years For the animated movie, see Ice Age (movie). ...


The river was named El Río de Nuestra Señora de la Merced (River of Our Lady of Mercy) in 1806 by an expedition, headed by Gabriel Moraga, which came upon it at the end of a hot dusty ride. 1806 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Spanish army officer Gabriel Moraga was one of the first Europeans to explore Californias Great Central Valley. ...


Yosemite-Mono Lake Paiutes would camp yearly along the Merced River. Yosemite National Park (pron. ... Mono Lake, showing nearby Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park Mono Lake is an alkaline and hypersaline lake in California, United States that is a critical nesting habitat for several bird species and is one of the most productive ecosystems in North America. ... Paiute (sometimes written as Piute) refers to two related groups -- Northern Paiute and Southern Paiute--of Native North Americans speaking languages belonging to the Numic branch of the Uto-Aztecan family of Native American languages. ...


See also

Yosemite Valley with Half Dome in the distance. ... The following is a partial listing of rivers in the state of California, United States of America. ... Livingston is a city in Merced County, California. ...

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Merced County, California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (494 words)
Merced County (pronounced "Mer-SED"), is a county located in the Central Valley of the U.S. state of California, north of Fresno and southeast of San Jose.
Merced County was formed in 1855 from parts of Mariposa County.
The county derives its name from the Merced River, or El Río de Nuestra Señora de la Merced (River of Our Lady of Mercy); named in 1806 by an expedition, headed by Gabriel Moraga, which came upon it at the end of a hot dusty ride.
Merced River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (373 words)
The Merced River (pronounced "Mer-SED") is in California.
A map of the Merced River watershed and Merced Irrigation District canals is available at: http://www.mercedid.org/_images/watershed_map.pdf.
The river was named El Río de Nuestra Señora de la Merced (River of Our Lady of Mercy) in 1806 by an expedition, headed by Gabriel Moraga, which came upon it at the end of a hot dusty ride.
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