Monterey Bay Scale
Monterey Bay, central California,
Image from MBARI canyon mapping program:
What Am I Seeing?
Monterey Bay is located on the central coast of California, roughly two hours
south of San Francisco. The bay itself is shaped like a backwards "C" cut
into the coastline, and measures just about 35 km in the north-south direction
by 20 km in the east-west direction (from Moss Landing at the mouth of Monterey
Canyon out to the open ocean). The area generally experiences a Mediterranean
climate, with wet winters and a relatively small range of temperatures during
Saltgrass was located and photographed in three of the many locations
it can likely be found around the bay - Elkhorn Slough (Kirby Park),
Moss Landing (Moss Landing State Beach), and the Monterey Peninsula (Hopkins
Marine Station). The first two locations are located very near the mouth
of the underwater Monterey Canyon, near the north-south middle of the
bay, and Hopkins Marine Station can be found on the the small peninsula
that forms the bottom lip of the bay.
Last updated March 2003, Justin Kitzes.
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