National Geographic : 1937 Mar
THE ARTIST ILLUSTRATES THE FIRST CHAPTER IN THE TEN-MILLION-YEAR-OLD ROCK STORY OF YOSEMITE Originally the Sierra Nevada were low mountains, and the Merced River wound sluggishly through a wide valley flanked by rolling hills. The ancestor of Half Dome, in center of the horizon, rose only 1,500 feet above the stream, and none of the picturesque features that now attract thousands of visitors to Yosemite Park had come into existence. © National Geographic Society Paintings by Eugene Kingman SEVERAL MILLION YEARS LATER THE ENTIRE REGION WAS RAISED AND TILTED In response to this increased elevation the Merced River cut a broad V-shaped valley below its former plain. Such landmarks as El Capitan and Half Dome then became prominent features.