Yosemite’s Half Dome (1898)

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While it’s called “South Dome” in the images below, the same geological feature — a granite dome — is now called “Half Dome,” and is one of Yosemite’s best-known rock formation. Looking back even further, the Native Americans referred to the formation as “Tis-sa-ack,” which means “cleft rock.”

The crest of Half Dome rises more than 4700 feet above the floor of the valley.

Glacier Point and South Dome, Yosemite Valley

South Dome, Yosemite Valley

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