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Tibetan Lakes Region North of Himalayas, China

29.8N 85.3E

November 24th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Mountains

China - November 23rd, 2011

The Tibet Autonomous Region is located on the Tibetan Plateau, the highest region on earth. In northern Tibet elevations reach an average of over 4,572 metres (15,000 ft).

Physically, Tibet may be divided into two parts, the “lakes region” in the west and north-west, and the “river region”, which spreads out on three sides of the former on the east, south, and west. Both regions receive limited amounts of rainfall as they lie in the rain shadow of the Himalayas (visible crossing the lower half of the image), however the region names are useful in contrasting their hydrological structures.

The lake region is an arid and wind-swept desert, dotted over with large and small lakes, generally salt or alkaline, and intersected by streams. The lakes are generally without outlet, or have only a small effluent.

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