Yosemite National Park

A view of Yosemite Valley from the Merced River, a tributary of the San Joaquin River
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Half Dome as viewed from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park
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Gaylor Lakes, in the Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is a national park in the state of California, U.S.A.. Created in 1890, it was the second national park, after Yellowstone. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[1] Yosemite covers 1,189 square miles (3,081 square kilometers) on the Sierra Nevada.

Over 3.5 million people visit the park each year.[2] Despite the park's great size, most people spend time in Yosemite Valley, one of the most beautiful places in the park. Almost 95 percent of the park is wilderness. Yosemite has many waterfalls. The most famous of these is the world-famous Yosemite Falls, which at 2,425 feet (739 m) tall, is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world.[3]

In the northern area of the park lies the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a debated dam project. The reservoir floods. Many people supporting environmentalism are trying to get the dam removed.[4]

The eighth major operating system of OS X by Apple Inc. is named after the Yosemite National Park, called OS X Yosemite.


Related pages


  1. UNESCO, "Yosemite National Park"; retrieved 2012-4-19.
  2. "Yosemite-History and Culture". National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
  3. "Yosemite Falls". World Waterfall Database. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
  4. "Hetch Hetchy Damming Scheme". Retrieved 2009-03-30.

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