Mariposa Grove, Yosemite NP, California
Yosemite National Park is located in central California about 100 miles north of the city of Fresno. Abraham Lincoln established Yosemite as protected land in 1864. The park has examples of the geographic influence of glaciers, earthquakes, and extreme weather conditions. The park has two of the world's ten tallest waterfalls and Half Done, a granite mountain that has been wiped smooth by glacier action. The park is home to such plant species as oak, pine, and cedar. Sequoias are also found in several groves. These trees grow over hundreds of feet tall and live for more than 2,500 years. Animals include bears, coyote, and bighorn sheep.
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