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Lakes of Tibetan Plateau and Rivers of Northern India

26.7N 88.5E

October 31st, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

China and India - October 30th, 2011

There are thousands of lakes across the Tibetan Plateau (upper half of image). Most geologists believe that the plateau was covered by the ocean in the past. When the ocean retreated, it left innumerable lakes behind. Many of the lakes are salt water lakes. Most of the lakes, especially on the northern Tibetan Plateau, are frozen for many months of the year.

Visible crossing the center of the image are the Himalayas, their peaks capped with snow. To the south, several rivers in northern India can be observed, appearing brown in color due to sediments. Some haze or smoke is visible in India in the lower left corner.

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