Monday, November 10, 2014

California


California is a state on the west coast of the US, right on the Pacific Ocean.
The state nickname is The Golden State and the motto is Eureka.
38 million people live in California, which is more than any other state.


(from: wikipedia - california)

The flag of California has a grizzly bear and a red star.
Long ago California was a part of Mexico, and in the years they were fighting to be free they made flags with a red star, and flags with a bear.
The bear on the flag is to show that they were strong and would fight for their freedom.


(from: wikipedia - flag of california)

The seal of California has a goddess of wisdom and war, a grizzly bear, grapes because California makes a lot of wine.
It shows some grain for the farmers and a miner for the people that came to California looking for gold, and the miners.
It has sailing ships and the word Eureka on it, which is a greek word meaning I have found it!

(from: wikipedia - seal of california)

Since California is very long and goes almost all the way from the bottom of the US to the top, it has many different things like snowy mountains, deserts and forests depending on where you are in the state.

The lowest spot in North America in a place called Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park.
It is 282 feet below sea level.


(from: wikipedia - badwater basin)

The highest spot in North American is a mountain peak called Mount Whitney at around 14,500 feet.
Mount Whitney and Badwater Basin are only about 85 miles away from each other!

(from: wikipedia - mount whitney)

There is a forest in California called the Redwood Forest.
The coast redwood tree is the tallest tree on the whole earth.

(from: wikipedia - redwood national and state parks)

Disneyland is an amusement park in California created by Walt Disney.

(from: wikipedia - disneyland)


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