Chapter

Natural Setting

in Los Angeles in the 1930s

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268838
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948860 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268838.003.0002
Natural Setting

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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

Chapter.  6378 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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