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Smoke in India, Lakes in Tibet

28.0N 84.0E

November 20th, 2012 Category: Fires, Lakes, Mountains

India – November 19th, 2012

 A cloud of smoke from fires in northern India (click here for previous images) creeps eastward along the foot of the Himalayas towards Bangladesh. The high mountains prevent it from blowing northward across Nepal, into Tibet, China. Visible in the upper half of the image is the Tibetan Lakes Region, a large area of hundreds of lakes dotted across the Tibetan Plateau.

Smoke by Himalayas, Nepal

27.9N 83.5E

May 25th, 2012 Category: Fires, Lakes

India - May 23rd, 2012

A veil of haze or smoke hangs over northern India and Nepal, and is particularly concentrated over the latter country by the southern slopes of the Himalayas. The tall mountains prevent it from spreading further northward into Tibet, China. There, many lakes can be scattered across the Tibetan Plateau, composing what is often referred to as the “Tibetan Lakes Region”.

Blowing Sands Over Taklamakan Desert, China

38.0N 81.3E

December 7th, 2010 Category: Deserts, Dust Storms, Fires, Lakes, Mountains

China - December 6th, 2010

Sand blows about over the Taklamakan Desert, giving it a hazy appearance in this image of China and northern India (the latter visible in the full image). Parts of India south of the Himalayas also appear hazy, due to the presence of smoke from agricultural fires.

In the section of the image with clear skies, between the desert and the mountains, multiple bodies of water dotting the terrain of the Tibetan Lakes Region can be observed.

Haze Near Himalayas in India and Nepal – October 31st, 2010

30.4N 80.0E

October 31st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Mountains

Mongolia - October 13th, 2010

A thin veil of haze can be seen at the foot of the Himalayas in northern India. Cities and towns nearby appear as tan dots across the green plain.

The full image extends further to the East. More of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, including part of the chain in Nepal, can be seen to the right. Also, more of the Tibetan Lakes Region, in China, can be seen above.

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.