Caption: Close-up of the jointed and exfoliated surface of El Capitan rock in Yosemite Valley, California. Joints and exfoliation can be caused by a variety of phenomena, including tectonic stresses, decompression, and weathering. The massive, exposed granite rock formations of Yosemite Valley, California, are excellent examples of plutons, intrusive igneous rock bodies created through volcanism. Following their fiery birth, the formations were thrust upward by the forces of plate tectonics and then carved by glaciation. Today they tower nearly a thousand meters above the valley below. Known for its spectacular scenery, the eleven kilometer-long valley attracts millions of visitors from throughout the world each year.

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Yosemite Valley

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