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    Yosemite

    National Park California

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Meadow Photo Series

Meadows in the Sierra Nevada typically go through five hydrologic stages driven by snowmelt. View a photo timeline of Tuolumne Meadows: snowmelt, flooding, inundation, growing season, and drying season.

 
Snow-covered landscape
Stage 1: Snomelt
Photos from Steven Loheide
 
Areas of flooding show in meadow landscape
Stage 2: Flooding
 
Water covers the meadow landscape
Stage 3: Water Flow Inundation
 
Green vegetation covers meadow landscape
Stage 4: Growing Season
 
Vegetation begins to dry out in meadow landscape
Stage 5: Drying Season

Did You Know?

Tuolumne River

In 1984, 83 miles of the Tuolumne River were added to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System by Congress with an amendment to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This included 54 miles of the river within Yosemite National Park.