Photographer's Note

Yosemite Valley's El Capitan is one of earth's highest monoliths at 900 meters. Composed almost entirely of granite emplaced about 100 million years ago. Then carved by glacial action like most of Yosemite Valley, about one million years ago.

In 1851 the Mariposa Battalion pursuing Native Americans to punish them for rading John Savage's trading post 10 miles west of the Valley, named the monolith "El Capitan". Which is a loose Spanish translation for the Native American name "To-tock-ah-noo-lah", meaning "rock chief".

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