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California is also known as the Golden State. This name derives from the California Gold Rush, which attracted thousands of immigrants in the mid-19th century. For many of them, the Californian dream of quick wealth came true.
Picture #1: Silver is a chemical element with symbol Ag (from the Latin argentum) and atomic number 47. / Picture #2: Gold is a chemical element with symbol Au (from Latin: aurum) and atomic number 79 / Picture #3: Platinum is a chemical element with symbol Pt and atomic number 78.
Silicon Valley is known all over the world. This region, located in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California, is the global leader in high technology, venture capital, innovation, and social media.
Picture #1: Duplo is a chocolate bar from the Italian company Ferrero / Picture #2: Deutsche Bahn AG, abbreviated as DB, is a German railway company, headquartered in Berlin. / Picture #3: Facebook is one of the biggest companies that have settled in Silicon Valley.
Besides this, California is in another respect the state of records: the highest and oldest trees of the world are rooted in Californian soil.
Picture #1: Yellowstone National Park (located in Wyoming, Montana) is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features. / Picture #2: Joshua Tree National Park (located in southeastern California) is named for the Joshua trees native to the Mojave Desert. / Picture #3: Sequoia National Park houses the giant sequoia trees.
With more than 10 million residents, California is in first place in the immigration statistics of the U.S. In recent years, more than half of the immigrants came from Asia.
Picture #1: The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra, Asia. / Picture #2: The Great Sphinx of Giza is a limestone statue, which stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt, Africa. / Picture #3: The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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California is also known as the Golden State. This name derives from the California Gold Rush, which attracted thousands of immigrants in the mid-19th century. For many of them, the Californian dream of quick wealth came true. Today, with nearly 40 million inhabitants, California is the most populous state in the U.S. The capital of California, Sacramento, is located off the coast and is a relatively small town with around 500,000 inhabitants. All the large cities and densely populated metropolitan areas are situated along the Pacific coast. By far, the largest city in California is Los Angeles. The megacity is home to about 18 million people, making it the second largest city in the United States.
As far as economic performance and productivity are concerned, the Golden State is also the leader in the U.S. Besides agriculture, technology, science, and trade, media and tourism play an important role. If it were a country, California would be the 5th largest economy in the world, larger than the United Kingdom or France. Silicon Valley is known all over the world. This region, located in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California, is the global leader in high technology, venture capital, innovation, and social media. The biggest companies that have settled in Silicon Valley are Apple, Google, Facebook, Wells Fargo, and Visa.
But California is also known as a global trendsetter in popular culture and politics. It is considered the origin of the American film industry, the hippie counterculture, the Internet, and the personal computer. Besides this, California is in many other respects the state of records: in Death Valley, you can find the lowest point of the continental U.S., and within the Sierra Nevada’s mountains the highest point. Also, the highest and oldest trees of the world, the Redwoods and the Sequoias, are rooted in Californian soil. Nowhere else in the U.S. do fruits and vegetables grow better than in the Central Valley, and the Californian climate is the best for the vineyards.
The Californian climate is unique, because of the southern position and the closeness to the Pacific. It is cool and damp in the winter and sunny in the summer. An ideal climate for travelers, tourists, sunbathers, and sailors. And especially for surfers. But the outstanding Californian climate has begun to change in the last few decades. Climate change and global warming are causing more and more frequent periods of drought, forest fires, heat waves, and due to the rise of the sea level. With more than 10 million residents, California is in first place in the immigration statistics of the U.S. The vast majority of California’s new inhabitants were born in Latin America or Asia. In recent years, more than half of the immigrants came from Asia.
The most beautiful beaches for bathing and surfing lie in southern California between Santa Barbara and San Diego. Here, you can find crowded palm beaches as well as private, romantic bays. The further north you go in California, the steeper and rockier the coast becomes. Most of the landscape is still as wild and untouched as it was before the first Europeans arrived here in the sixteenth century. Not only because of the rocky beaches, but also because of the cold water and the many dangerous currents, large parts of the northern coast of California are not suitable for swimming.
We drive further on the famous Highway #1 with San Francisco as our destination. We can’t believe our eyes as we drive along the coast of Big Sur. In spite of the curious tourists and the clicking of the cameras, a large colony of sea lions makes them feel at home on the sandy beach. They lie next to one another, on top of one another, sun themselves, dig in the sand, and squeal with delight.
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