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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.

Lake Paiku on the Tibetan Plateau, China

28.9N 85.5E

April 14th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

India - March 5th, 2010

India - March 5th, 2010

Lake Paiku (top center) is located on the Tibetan Plateau, “The Roof of the World”, at 4,591 meters (15,070 ft). The lake is 27 km (17 miles) long and 6 km (4 miles) wide at its narrowest point. Here, part of its southeastern section is covered in ice.

Surrounded by rugged mountains on three sides that reach altitudes in excess of 5,725 meters (19,000 ft). Streams fed by glaciers cascade to the valley floor south of Lake Paiku, but only a few streams actually reach the lake.

Moving southward into the mountains of the Himalayas, the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, appears as a greyish area in the Kathmandu Valley. The snow peaks of the Mahabharat Lekh range of the Himalayas rise in the north providing the scenic backdrop to the city.

Lakes on the “Roof of the World”, China

31.8N 89.0E

February 12th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

China - January 7th, 2010

China - January 7th, 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 Kashmir, India. 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 (about four times the size of Texas or France). The plateau is a high-altitude arid steppe interspersed with mountain ranges and large brackish lakes. Annual precipitation ranges from 100 mm to 300 mm and falls mainly as hailstorms.

Near the south the plateau is transected by the Yarlung Tsangpo River valley which flows along the base of the Himalayas, and by the vast Indo-Gangetic Plain. The southern and eastern edges of the steppe have grasslands which can sustainably support populations of nomadic herdsmen, although frost occurs for six months of the year.

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