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  • Yosemite National Park, California
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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park in California's Sierra Nevada offers an impressive natural spectacle with its diverse ecosystems. El Capitan, Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley have been home to a wide variety of life forms since the dawn of time. Outdoor enthusiasts will find Yosemite National Park to be a great place to explore the area on their own. Yosemite's conservation efforts include renaturalization projects that will keep the park in full bloom for future generations.

The Data has its origin from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within the United States Department of the Interior responsible for administering federal lands.

Area: 3018 km²
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Between 600 and 400 meters above sea level, the Yosemite National Park spreads in all its glory. The great differences in altitude create five different ecosystems in which flora and fauna of various species can be found. Between the granite cliffs, in the waterfalls and rivers, in the vast fields and green forests, there is an uncomparable diversity of species. No wonder that Yosemite National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

For outdoor enthusiasts, numerous routes lead to the most extraordinary places.

“It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.” — John Muir

Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which unfolded over ten million years ago. The uplift formed canyons through which rivers and streams flow. In the higher elevations, massive glaciers were formed during the Ice Age, which shaped the landscape today, even after they have melted almost completely. The Yosemite Valley was once covered by a layer of ice about 1200 meters thick.
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Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada extends as a 650 km long mountain range parallel to the Pacific coast through the western USA. The ...

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Yosemite Valley is the central valley in the national park and a starting point for many visitors. The glacial valley impresses with waterfalls, steep walls, meadows and streams. The valley is dominated by the massive El Capitan and the park's landmark, the Half Dome. The so-called "Tunnel View" is world-famous. From the high granite peaks, the water masses of Yosemite Falls, one of the highest waterfalls on earth, also plunge. Yosemite Valley is a popular starting point for hiking and biking tours, as the diverse landscape offers paths of all levels of difficulty. Easy hikes along the streams are especially suitable for families.

Nature conservation in Yosemite National Park

The conservation of Yosemite National Park has been a priority since early times. Pioneer and "National Parks Champion" John Muir recognized early on that incredible natural spectacles are taking place in this part of the Sierra Nevada that are particularly worthy of protection.

After radical deforestation of the Sequoias and agricultural overuse, things did not look good for the National Park at first. However, Muir's persistence paid off and he succeeded in getting conservation measures taken from then on. In the last 20 years, the park authority has been constantly carrying out renaturation projects to make the damage of the past as good as undone. Part of the projects is to inform visitors about nature conservation and to guide tourism in the park.

To preserve the beauty of the National Park, the rules of the park must be followed. Protection within the park is thus ensured in cooperation with visitors, but environmental influences from around the world threaten the nature of Yosemite Park. Air quality and the consequences of climate change are affecting the park from outside. Do your part and help protect this beautiful area from the inside and outside.

The mighty sequoias are just one of the countless natural wonders that need to be protected. Shortly after the white population spread through Yosemite Park, many Sequoias became victims of them. The giants were ruthlessly deforested so that their number shrunk to a minimum. In 1890, John Muir achieved that the trees in three national parks were protected from logging and thus still spread their protective arms over the area today, fortunately. Now the sequoia trees can still contribute to biodiversity. The sequoias stretch up to 100 meters towards the sky. The elders are over 1500 years old and even survive disasters like forest fires; the bark of the Sequoias is as good as fireproof. In the Mariposa Grove is the 2700-year-old "Grizzly Giant" and has a circumference of 30 meters - a real legend waiting for your visit!
Gigantic Sequoia
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