California Vegetation Megatransect compiled from pictures from the Confluence.org project,
southeast to northwest cross-section,
from one inch to 100 inches of annual rainfall.
California has one of the most extreme rainfall pattern in North America within the smallest megatransect, from one inch annually in the deserts, to over 100 inches in the northwest redwood forests.
Compiled by Craig Dremann, (650) 325-7333, for scientific study of what a large-scale ecological and vegetation photo megatransect could possibly look like, photos copyright by the photographers that are listed on the pages at confluence.com. Photos on this web page are used here with written permission from the Confluence Project.
The best index link into the Confluence project is http://www.confluence.org/showworld.php
>>>See the Europe to Africa Vegetation Megatransect HERE
>>>Canada to Mexico Vegetation Megatransect HERE
>>>Canada to Baja Vegetation Megatransect HERE
>>>China West to East Vegetation Megatransect HERE
>>>Pakistan through India Vegetation Megatransect HERE
>>>North Africa to India Vegetation Megatransect HERE
>>>Australia Vegetation Megatransect HERE
>>>United States West to East Vegetation Megatransect HERE
>>>New Mexico, whole state Vegetation Megatransect HERE
Blue dots trace the route of this megatransect.
Near town of Winterhaven, 1-3 inches of annual rainfall.
Joshua trees (a species of yucca, or giant desert lilies to 30 feet tall)
near town of Desert Center. Joshua trees shown are about 4-6 feet tall.
Near town of Mojave, 4-6 inches of annual rainfall, creosote bushes with bare spaces in between where the perennial native grasses were 99.99% grazed out between 1840 and 1940, over a 25 million acre of arid southern California. See http://www.ecoseeds.com/mojave.html and http://www.ecoseeds.com/desertgrass.html
Near town of Porterville, San Joaquin valley, at the foothills of the Sierras.
Near town of Madera, San Joaquin valley.
Near town of Linden, San Joaquin valley.
Near town of Arbuckle, Sacramento valley. Ancient volcano, Sutter Buttes.
20 inches of annual rainfall.
Trinity alps, 6,000 feet elevation. Rainfall now 40 inches or more.
Humboldt county redwood forest, 100+ inches annual rainfall.
Siskiyou forest, 4,000 feet elevation.
Updated October 22, 2009