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Chapter 1, Lesson 2: California's Regions (pp. 12-18)

I. Four Regions

II. The Coast

    A.The northern coast's cool and wet climate helps thick forests grow.

    B. The sunny southern coast attracts people who prefer a warm climate.

III. The Central Valley

    A. Land in the Central Valley is some of the most productive farmland in the world.

    B. The Valley's hot and dry climate in the summer and cooler and wet climate in the winter make it perfect for growing vegetables and nuts.

IV. The Mountains

    A. Over half of the land in the state is covered with mountains.

    B. Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada, one of many mountain ranges in California that John Muir admired.

    C. Melting snow from the Sierra Nevada provides water to farms and cities.

V. The Deserts

    A. Hundreds of types of plants and animals live in the extreme climate of the desert regions of the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert.

    B. People, such as the Fort Mojave tribe, live in the desert today as they have for thousands of years.

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