from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A mountain range of southern Spain along the Mediterranean coast east of Granada. It rises to 3,480.4 m (11,411 ft) at Mulhacén.
- A mountain range of eastern California extending about 644 km (400 mi) between the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys and the Nevada border. Mount Whitney, 4,420.7 m (14,494 ft), is the highest elevation.
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- proper n. A mountain range in Andalusia, Spain
- proper n. A mountain range in California and Nevada, USA
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mountain range in southern Spain along the Mediterranean coast to the east of Granada
- n. a mountain range in eastern California; contains Mount Whitney
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The next day they discovered and named some mountains which they called Sierra Nevada, and, sailing on, went as far north as about 40¼.
The Sierra Nevada is a deeply dissected block fault that rises sharply from the arid basin and range ecoregions on the east and slopes gently toward the Central California Valley to the west.
By the word "Sierras" the mountain-range called the Sierra Nevada is not meant, but merely teeth-like summits thereof, which uplift their snow-clad peaks, or "minarets."
The Sierra Nevada is the most continuous lofty range of mountains in North America.
These mountains are called the Sierra Nevada, or "Snowy Range."
The golden lure which has drawn half the world to California, has also been the means of bringing this fierce animal more into notice; for the mountain-valleys of the Sierra Nevada are a favourite range of the species.
The Sierra Nevada are the longest mountain range in the United States, and a substantial portion of the chain lies within the boundaries of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.
Although geologists have debated specifics, they generally agree that the Sierra Nevada is a geologically young mountain range, less than 10 million years old.
They live in an area called the Sierra Nevada, where groves of trees are spread out over 35,607 acres.
The National Geographic Society is creating geotourism maps all around the world as tourism information hubs, and the Sierra Nevada is the latest region to enter the project.