The Tibet Plateau is the highest and highest elevated region in the world. It measures 1,200 kilometers from east to west and 900 kilometers from north to south, with an average elevation of more than 4000 meters. As the plateau rises above much of the atmosphere, the photographs are normally clear and bright.
This satellite photograph shows the northwest corner of the plateau, near the point where the ground descends towards the Tarim basin. The plateau was built as a result of the collision between India and Asia, which produced a deep shortening due to folding and collapsing. A second important consequence of this collision was the creation of important failures.
The linear valley with two lakes could be the point of formation of a slip fault. The blue lake in the center has a large terrace area around it on the north coast.
During the glacial periods, the levels of the lakes in the plateaus were about 300 meters above the current levels. Since the end of the Ice Age, the weather has become increasingly arid and the lakes have decreased in size. The mountainous perimeter of the Himalayas and Kun Mon acts as an effective barrier against moisture-laden winds.
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