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Remarkable changes also have occurred during the historic era. For example, some of the richest biotic communities in the state have been eliminated as coastal estuaries from San Diego to Eureka have been polluted, filled with spoils and silt, and built upon. o. 1 800, San Francisco Bay and its marshlands covered nearly 1 800 km2; today the Bay system is only half that size as a result of landfill projects and extensive siltation. To the east, much of the Delta and nearly all the former marshlands in the Central Valley have been drained since about 1 8 70 to create agricultural land.

9 Lake Hodges, near Escondido, San Diego County. This landscape is typical of the granitic-metamorphic terrain a few kilometers from the coast in the Peninsular Ranges. I 19 CLIMATE ridges forming San Nicolas, Santa Catalina, San Clemente, and tiny Santa Barbara islands. Prominent mainland ranges, from north to south, are the Santa Ana, San Jacinto, Santa Rosa, Agua Tibia, and Laguna mountains. 9). Streams in this province, such as the Santa Margarita, San Luis Rey, and San Diego rivers, drain westward and seldom carry large volumes of water (Oakeshott 1971 ).

This ancient landmass-a potpourri of 7 " ! 111• " " 0 0 ... • G) "P' CJ) � .. ,, MI H H 0 0 Ktn 4 A 1" -: .. IQO .. ,, <"> .. .. • 0 C' .. .... � 12S 122 121 � + � � Ii ,, . 2 Geomorphic provinces of California. Each province is characterized by partic· ular geologic structures and lithologic units and their entailed landforms. After Bailey 1966; Ernst 1979; Jenkins 1 94 1 . ) PHYSIOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY granitic, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks-is an outlier of the north­ ern Sierra Nevada, but the granitic bedrock linking the two ranges is covered by younger alluvium of the upper Sacramento Valley and vol­ canic extrusives of the Modoc Plateau and Cascade Range (Oakeshott 1971).

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