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Federal Writers Project of the Works Project Administration

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268838

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268838.001.0001

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Natural Setting

Natural Setting

Chapter:
(p.10) Natural Setting
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Los Angeles in the 1930s
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Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268838.003.0002

This chapter describes the natural setting of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County, measuring approximately 75 miles from north to south and 70 miles from east to west, covers 4,083 square miles, about half of it mountainous. Roughly, the northern part of the county is made up of desert and mountains, and the smaller southern part lies on a broad plain that slopes gently from the mountains to the Pacific. Most of the 451 square miles of the city of Los Angeles is spread over the plain, the city's downtown district lying midway between the mountains and the sea. Ranges north of the city separate the urban area from the Mojave Desert. In the San Gabriel Mountains, rising from the coastal plain, and less than 40 miles from the sea, are nine peaks more than 8,000 feet in height. West and northwest of Los Angeles are two smaller ranges, the Santa Monica and the Santa Susana Mountains.

Keywords:   Los Angeles, natural setting, mountain ranges, San Gabriel Mountains, Santa Monica, Santa Susana Mountains

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