The glaciation of the southern Sierra Nevada during the Pleistocene was Alpine, and not part of the Continental glaciation as was the case for the northern portion of the country. At one time glaciers covered most of the terrain above 2744 meters, these glaciers scoured the park's canyons enlarging and deepening the valleys given them the broad glacial profile.
|Epoch||Sierra Tills||Mid-Continent Stage|
The glaciers of the ice ages did not only leave behind the beautiful landmarks of today such as Sequoia-Kings and Yosemite parks, but along with tectonic factors and climatic fluctuations associated with the Pleistocene defined the geomorphic and stratigraphic character of the Central Valley.
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Howard, A. 1979. Geologic History of Middle California.Berkeley: University of California Press.
Matthes, F.E.. 1950. Sequoia National Park, a geological album. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Miller, J.W. 1957. California Through The Ages, Westernlore Press, Los Angeles, California.
|Emporia State University||Earth Science at ESU|
|US National Parks||U.S. Geological Survey|