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Himalayas. Spectacular land

Himalayas. Spectacular land

This aerial view shows us the steep and snowy peaks of part of the Himalayan mountain range in Nepal. The seventh highest peak on the planet, Dhaulagiri, is the high point on the horizon to the left, while in the background is the southern part of China.

But, contrary to what it might seem, the image is not taken from an airplane. This photograph was taken by a 35mm camera and a telephoto lens by the Crew of expedition 1 aboard the International Space Station, orbiting 200 nautical miles above Earth.

The Himalayan mountains were created by the encounter of tectonic plates on Earth about 70 million years ago, when the Indian plate hit the European one. The Himalayas is still growing at a rate of a few millimeters per year.

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