Coast Ranges

series of mountain ranges along the W coast of North America, extending from Alas. to Baja California: highest peak, Mt. Logan

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or Pacific Coast Ranges

Series of ranges, along the Pacific coast of North America.

They run from southern California, through Oregon and Washington, into British Columbia and Alaska, and include Vancouver Island, Queen Charlotte Islands, Alexander Archipelago, and Kodiak Island. The ranges' average elevation is about 3,300 ft (1,000 m) above sea level, but some peaks and ridges rise to more than 6,600 ft (2,000 m). Giant redwoods dominate the forests along the coasts of southern Oregon and northern California. The Coast Mountains of British Columbia are not a continuation of the U.S. Coast Ranges but of the Cascade Range.

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also called  Pacific Coast Ranges  

      segment of the Pacific mountain system of western North America, consisting of a series of ranges in the United States running parallel to the Pacific coast for more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from west-central Washington in the north to the Transverse Ranges of California in the south. The Coast Ranges are separated from the higher mountains of the Cascade Range and the Sierra Nevada to the east by broad depressions known as the Puget Sound Lowland in Washington, the Willamette Valley in Oregon, and the Central Valley in California; the Klamath Mountains of northern California and the Transverse Ranges of southern California, however, serve as links to the eastern ranges. On the west the coastal plain is very narrow, and deep water occurs within 25 miles (40 km) of the coast. The average elevation of the ranges is about 3,300 feet (1,000 m) above sea level, but some peaks and ridges rise to more than 6,600 feet (2,000 m). The region, especially in the south, is subject to occasional earthquakes and landslides.

      The climate of the Coast Ranges is characterized by cool, dry summers and mild, wet winters in the north. From north to south, both summers and winters get progressively drier in the Coast Ranges, and variability in wintertime precipitation becomes greater. Forests along the coasts of southern Oregon and northern California are dominated by giant redwoods, while farther inland there are mixed forests of broad-leaved hardwoods and conifers. Wildlife includes such large mammals as bears, elk, and deer and small fur-bearing animals such as beavers, muskrats, rabbits, and bobcats. This is also the area in which sightings of Sasquatch, the legendary hairy, humanlike creature also known as “Bigfoot,” are often reported.

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  • Coast Ranges —   [ kəʊst reɪndʒɪz], die parallel zur Pazifikküste verlaufenden Gebirgsketten in den USA, als jüngster Bestandteil der Kordilleren seit dem Tertiär gehoben; Bruchlinien (San Andreas Fault) sind noch heute aktiv. Die bis 2 744 m hohen Coast Ranges …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Coast Ranges — series of mountain ranges along the W coast of North America, extending from Alas. to Baja California: highest peak, Mt. Logan …   English World dictionary

  • Coast Ranges — (spr. kōst rēndsches, »Küstenketten«), Gebirge an der Küste des Stillen Ozeans in Nordamerika, erstreckt sich vom untern Colorado bis zur Juan de Fuca Straße und findet in den Gebirgszügen von Vancouver, den Königin Charlotte Inseln seine… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Coast Ranges — nom angl. des chaînes Côtières …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Coast Ranges — Chaînes côtières du Pacifique Chaînes côtières du Pacifique Géographie Altitude 5 959 m, Mont Logan …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Coast Ranges — Sp Pakrántės kalnãgūbriai Ap Coast Ranges L Š. Amerikos Kordiljerų V pakraštys, JAV, Kanada (nuo Aliaskos iki Kalifornijos) …   Pasaulio vietovardžiai. Internetinė duomenų bazė

  • Coast Ranges — Coast′ Rang′es n. pl. geg a series of mountain ranges along the Pacific coast of North America, extending from S California to SE Alaska …   From formal English to slang

  • Coast Ranges — Lage des Küstengebirge in Nordamerika Die Coast Mountains (dt. Küstengebirge) sind ein Gebirgszug in Kanada. Sie erstrecken sich nördlich der Kaskadenkette überwiegend entlang der kanadischen Pazifikküste bis zum Alaska Panhandle. Der Fraser… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Coast Ranges — geographical name mountain ranges W North America extending along Pacific coast W of Sierra Nevada & Cascade Range & N through Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to Kenai Peninsula & Kodiak Island, Alaska see Logan (Mount) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Coast Ranges — …   Useful english dictionary

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