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California is about the same size as Japan or Sweden.
(SSFC, 10/9/05, Par p.27)
California covers 163,707 sq. miles and has over 32.6 million people. The Pacific coastline stretches for 840 miles.
(WSJ, 11/26/97, p.CA4)(SFEC, 1/25/98, Z1 p.6)
The state marine fish is the bright-orange Garibaldi. The state bird is the California quail.
(SFC, 3/30/98, p.A17)(SFC, 7/8/99, p.A13)
California has 58 counties. The Washoe Indian tribe once ranged along the Sierra from Honey Lake to Mono Lake. There were some 80 California Indian languages of which 30 were extinct. The Takic family of languages was spoken in Northern and Southern California. The Cahuilla [Kaweah] and Cupeno languages are part of the Cupan family, which is part of the Takic family.
(SFC, 6/22/97, p.A18)
The Anz-Borrego Desert State Park, west of the Salton Sea, was the largest in Ca. at over a million acres.
(SFEC, 3/15/98, p.T7)

Links: Pre-European history: http://www.ccnet.com/~laplaza/calhist1.htm
State maps: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/california.html
State web site: www.ca.gov