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Clouds Over India Below the Himalayas

27.9N 84.3E

January 25th, 2010 Category: Clouds, Lakes

India - January 20th, 2010

India - January 20th, 2010

A thick covering of clouds hovers above India, south of the Himalayas, prevented from reaching northwards into Nepal and Tibet by those towering mountains. Together, the Himalayan mountain system is the planet’s highest and home to the world’s highest peaks, including over 100 mountains exceeding 7,200 m (23,622 ft) in height.

To the north, the Tibetan Lakes Region in China can be seen, mostly free of clouds. The atmosphere is severely dry nine months of the year, and average annual snowfall is only 18 inches, due to the rain shadow effect whereby the Himalayan ranges prevent moisture from the ocean from reaching the plateaus.

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