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Buckled Lands

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, July 25, 2014/Categories: natural history, photography, environment

When the continental plate carrying India started colliding into Eurasian sixty million yeas ago, the process of mountain building began. The Himalayas, Karakorum, and Pamirs resulted. A group of lesser known but still massive highlands, the Sulaiman Ranges , also emerged along what is now eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Lower than the better known Himalayas
, the Sulaimans represent some of the most complex geologic landscapes anywhere on Earth. The TERRA remote sensing satellite, using its infrared photographic capabilities, captured a stunning view of all this complexity.


Sulaiman Ranges, Afghanistan/Pakistan  (credit: TERRA)

The Sulaimans and nearby  Hindu Kush  are legendary in ancient and modern battle chronicles; Afghan poetry and songs; and mountaineering adventure tales. The TERRA photograph gives an entirely new perspective to the challenges described by Eric Newby in his terrific narrative about  A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush  and these mountain landscapes continue to buckle.

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