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High Peaks of the Himalayas

27.5N 82.3E

November 3rd, 2010 Category: Mountains

India - August 27th, 2010

The high peaks of the Himalayas, a mountain range in Asia, can be clearly observed in this orthorectified image. This massive mountain system separates the Indian subcontinent, partially visible in the lower half of the thumbnail image, from the Tibetan Plateau.

The Himalayan mountain system is the planet’s highest, and home to the world’s highest peaks, the Eight-thousanders, which include Mount Everest and K2.

Some of the world’s major rivers, including the Ganges, Indus, Brahmaputra, Yangtze, Mekong, Salween, Red River (Asia), Xunjiang, Chao Phraya, Irrawaddy River, Amu Darya, Syr Darya, Tarim River and Yellow River, all rise in the Himalayas.

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