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Half Dome and the Merced River

The fog was starting to clear on this brisk Spring morning in Yosemite at Ahwiyah Point. I enjoyed the play of light on Half Dome and the deeply flowing Merced River!

000 cubic feet 42000 m3 occurred from Ahwiyah Point on March 282009444 m above the valley floor500737 ft 180 percent of the northwest half of the original dome may well still be intactA large rock slide of 1CACaliforniaFogGlacier PointGolden StateHalf DomeHalf Dome is a granite dome at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park CaliforniaIt is most well known for its swift and steep course through the southern part of Yosemite National Park and the worldfamous Yosemite ValleyLandformsLandscapeLight RaysMerced RiverMountain rangeMountainsNational ParksNatureNew Hemisphere. Western HemisphereNew WorldNorth AmericaParks SP NP NM ArcheologicalPossibly Yosemite's most familiar rock formationPublic LandsScenerySierra Nevada rangeSouthwestern United StatesSunriseThe Merced River pronounced merSED in the central part of the U.S. state of CaliforniaThe granite crest rises more than 4The impression from the valley floor that this is a round dome which has lost its northwest half is an illusion. Half Dome can be seen from Washburn Point as a thin ridge of rock callled an arête and is oriented northeastsouthwest with its southeast side almost as steep as its northwest side except for the very topThe river's character changes dramatically once it reaches the foothills and the lowlandsThe summit was conquered by George G. Anderson in October 1875 via a route constructed by drilling and placing iron eyebolts into the smooth graniteTime of DayU.S.U.S.A.USAUnited States of AmericaWeatherWestern HemisphereYosemiteYosemite CAYosemite NP California 37.83°N 119.50°Wa 145mile 233 kmlong tributary of the San Joaquin River flowing from the Sierra Nevada into the Central Valleyatmosheric conditionbecoming a slowmoving waterwaybreak of daydawndaybreakerosionfirst lightforenoongeologic processgeologicalmorningnateral erosionsoil erosionsunuptemperaturethe Statesthe trend of this ridge and that of Tenaya Canyon is probably controlled by master jointswearing awaywind© 2017 Rick Waller© Rick Waller