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On The Roof Of The World

On The Roof Of The World

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, July 3, 2019/Categories: natural history, photography, art and design, environment, adventure

                                           Airglow Ripples, Tibetan Plateau (credit: NASA/Jeff Dai)

Tibet is often called the Roof of the World or The Third Pole for the volume of water stored by its icy glaciers. The otherworldly region with elevations averaging 12,000 feet, and upwards, offers vast vistas, wild landscapes, and huge mountain ranges seen in few places on Earth. An image of airglow was captured by a NASA photographer and shows how amazing nighttime views can be on that high plateau.

Environmental alterations are underway now caused by climate change which is affecting landscapes across Tibet. The consequences will not only affect the plateau but many others at lower elevations in South and East Asia.

With luminous skies, extensive mountain systems, and glaciers like these, it's no wonder Tibetans attribute great significance to magical visions, the omens of monks, and care deeply about their environment. If only others would pay as much concern for theirs.



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