- For the mountain range in Spain see Sierra Nevada (Spain)
The range started to uplift less than five million years ago.
Uplift continues, and ground slips make spectacular fault escarpments along the eastern edge of the southern Sierra. The Sierra Nevada is part of the American Cordillera, an almost continuous chain of mountain ranges which make up the western "backbone" of the Americas.
The Sierra Nevada has played an important role in the history of California and the United States. The California Gold Rush occurred in the western foothills from 1848 through 1855.
Other websites[change | change source]
- List of Sierra Peaks at climber.org
- The Mountains of California Archived 2014-04-10 at the Wayback Machine
- Geological Time Line for the Sierra Nevada, National Park Service Archived 2008-05-28 at the Wayback Machine
References[change | change source]
- "Cascade-Sierra Mountains Province (U.S. National Park Service)". www.nps.gov. Retrieved 2022-02-12.