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Lakes and Some Snow on the Tibetan Plateau, China

31.8N 89.0E

November 25th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

China - November 9th, 2010

The Tibetan Plateau is a vast, elevated plateau in Central Asia covering most of the Tibet Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province in China, and Ladakh in India-controlled Kashmir.

It occupies an area of around 1,000 by 2,500 kilometers, and has an average elevation of over 4,500 meters. Sometimes called “the roof of the world,” it is the highest and biggest plateau, with an area of 2.5 million square kilometers.

The Tibetan Plateau is surrounded by large mountain ranges. Here, the Himalayas can be seen to the south. The plateau itself is a high-altitude arid steppe interspersed with mountain ranges and large brackish lakes. In the full image, these lakes appear various shades of blue and green.

Annual precipitation ranges from 100 mm to 300 mm and falls mainly as hailstorms. Here, a dusting of snow can be seen on some of the eastern parts of the plateau.

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