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Coast Range

 

a mountain chain in the cordillera system of North America, in the USA and Canada. It extends for 1,700 km along the western coast of the continent. Its average elevation is 3,000 m. Its highest point has an elevation of 4,042 m (Mount Waddington). It is made up of granites. The range is intensely dissected by deep transverse valleys and fjords that have developed along tectonic joints. The range, which forms a barrier against the moist ocean winds, receives as much as 4,000 mm of precipitation annually on its steep western slope. It is covered with dense coniferous forest (Douglas fir, western hemlock, thuja, Sitka spruce). Above the timber line (1,000–1,200 m above sea level in the north, 1,500–1,800 m in the south) there are belts of mountain tundra and alpine meadows, which border on a belt of permanent snow and glaciers that descend to sea level in some places.

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Defined in the Iberian Ranges and equivalent to the Aranda Formation in the Ebro Basin and Prades-Eramprunya Formation in the Catalan Coastal Range.
Due to the absence of freshwater inflows the eastern Baltic Proper has the highest salinity in the Estonian coastal range. The dominating substrates are limestone rock, stones, sand, and a mixture of the above (Reitalu et al., 2002).
It uses grapes that are sourced from vineyards separated from the Pacific Coast by the coastal range, providing the ideal climate for that essential ripeness.
Marten resting structures in the coastal range included live trees and snags with cavities averaging >90 cm (35") diameter at breast height (Slauson and Zielinski 2009) and large logs.
It was a land of extremes, even the scarce availability of water was offset by the rare but ferocious floods that drained the jagged peaks of Central Makran Range and the Coastal Range and came gushing down like a torrent to vanish in the Arabian Sea.
And the view: To the east, the Three Sisters, Mount Washington, Three Fingered Jack, and to the west, a full-to-the-brim Fern Ridge Lake and the Coastal Range beyond it, even Marys Peak visible in the distance to the northwest.
Anzali Free Zone includes range area of Anzali city with approximately 3,200 hectares of land and waters to a depth of two kilometers from the coastal range.
* Keith Larrabee's farm sits on 4,000 acres of California's Sacramento Valley, between a coastal range of mountains to the west and the tall Sierra Nevadas to the east.
The company's second asset, Block 42, covers an area of 25,600 sq kms approximately and comprises mainly the northeast coastal range of the Oman Mountains and the basin immediately to their south (under Ramlat Sharqiya).
The cold Pacific air normally dams against the western side of the Coastal Range, bringing frequent IMC due to stratus and fog at seaside airfields like Astoria and Newport.
Coastal range and movements of common bottlenose dolphins off California and Baja California, Mexico.

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