Sierra Nevada mountain range, USA
The 100 m false-colour image of 27 april 2015 shows us part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the Western United States. The Sierra Nevada is part of the American Cordillera, a chain of mountain ranges that consists of an almost continuous sequence of mountain ranges that form the western "backbone" of North America, Central America, South America and Antarctica. The range is drained on its north-west slopes by the Sacramento River and to the west-southwest by the San Joaquin River. To the east, the melting snow of the mountains forms many small rivers that flow out into the Great Basin of Nevada and eastern California. None of the east-side rivers reach the sea; however, many of the streams from Mono Lake southwards (upper part of the image) are diverted into the Los Angeles Aqueduct and their water shipped to Southern California.