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Mountains in Southwestern China

30.3N 97.0E

December 29th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

China - October 5th, 2009

China - October 5th, 2009

China’s topography ranges from mostly plateaus and mountains in the west to lower lands in the east. Southern China is dominated by hills and low mountain ranges. This image focuses on southwestern China,  including parts of the Tibet Region and Sichuan Province, north of Myanmar and extreme northeastern India. The mountain peaks are capped with snow, while rivers below them appear greenish tan from sediments.

China’s southwest has a vast calcareous tableland traversed by hill ranges of moderate elevation, and the Himalayas, containing Earth’s highest point, Mount Everest. During many dynasties, the southwestern border of China has been the high mountains and deep valleys of Yunnan, which separate modern China from Burma, Laos and Vietnam.

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