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Five Estuaries, One Bay
The San Francisco Bay Area is a region in the U.S. state of California. This region includes the mouths of the San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun rivers.
Home to approximately 7.68 million people, this area contains many cities and airports, as well as regional, state, and national parks. Despite its urban character, the bay is one of California’s most ecologically important habitats. The bay filters pollutants and sediments from the rivers, as well as supporting a number of endangered species.
Millions of years of tectonic plate movements formed this area. Because the area is crossed by six major earthquake faults, it’s always at risk of earthquake. However, the climate is temperate and mild, often Mediterranean, and is ideal for hiking and adventures.