Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya

Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya

David Zurick

Language: English

Pages: 228

ISBN: 0813123887

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The Himalaya are world-renowned for their exquisite mountain scenery, ancient traditions, and diverse ethnic groups that tenaciously inhabit this harsh yet sublime landscape. Home to the world's highest peaks, including Mount Everest, and some of its deepest gorges, the region is a trove of biological and cultural diversity. Providing a panoramic overview of contemporary land and life in the Earth's highest mountains, the Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya is the first full-color, comprehensive atlas of the geography, economics, politics, and culture of this spectacular area. Drawing from the authors' twenty-five years of scholarship and field experience in the region, the volume contains a stunning and unique collection of maps utilizing state-of-the-art cartography, exquisite photography, and engagingly-written text to give accurate coverage of the Himalaya. The volume covers the entire 2,700-kilometer length of the mountain range, from the Indus Valley in northern Pakistan and India, across Nepal and Bhutan, to the hidden realms of northeast India. The Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya not only offers detailed explanations of geological formations, climate, vegetation, and natural resources but also explores the human dimension of the region's culture and economy. The authors devote special attention to discovery and travel, including exploration, mountaineering, and trekking. Packed with over 300 easy-to-read, custom designed full color maps and photographs and detailed text and map indexes, the Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya is a superb collector's volume and an essential reference to this vast and complex mountain region.

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Jungshina 14,084 Wangdi Che Monastery Ta ba THIMPHU Ta shi Chho Dzong PARO VALLEY 4569 Tsalimaphe 4313 3963 Taktsang 4094 Ngang Lhatkang Chumophug 3217 Simtoka Dzong 0 Thowadr a 4075 Thangbi Ugyen Choeling Kungachoeling Kyichu Lhakhang 2819 Dochhu 3910 Satsam Chorten Sangnag Choekhor Dungtse Lhakhang Drangyekha Druk Choeding Gantey Gorina Uchu 3766 Ta Dzong (National Museum) Rinpung Dzong 3375 Ugyen Pelri Palace Drela Dzong (in ruins) Zuri Bondey 4118 Kurjey

interspersed by areas of forest and cultivation. The forests are most intact where population densities are low, but even in heavily settled areas, forests are present as conservation areas, as religious sanctuaries, and as village common lands where fodder is collected and livestock is taken to graze. Cultivated lands are widespread in the river valleys, where irrigation water is available to grow rice, and alluvial terraces provide fertile soils. The mountain slopes have been carved over

system includes all fourteen of earth’s peaks over 8,000 meters and hundreds of others greater than 7,000 76°E e lin ntrol of co meters in elevation. Nine of the 8,000-meter peaks are in Nepal, including the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest (8,850 meters). The world’s second-highest peak, located in the Karakoram Range in Pakistan, is K2 (8,611 meters). Nepal contains all or part of eight other 8,000-meter peaks: Kanchendzonga (8,598 meters), Lhotse (8,501 meters), Makalu (8,470

Tibet in the north. The eastern Himalaya remains the least accessible part of the range. The maps of the area are notably empty. Bhutan began road construction in 1959 with the assistance of India, and in 1990 it had less than 1,500 kilometers of highway. The longest stretch of road (546 kilometers) is the East-West Highway, which connects the capital Thimphu with Tashigang. Much of the remainder of the country’s roadway consists of a network of feeder roads that connects the district

addressed, along with the efforts to improve overall literacy. In Bhutan in 1990, the boy-girl ratio in primary school was 61-39. This has improved somewhat, but women are still seriously underrepresented in schools at all levels. In Nepal, the gender imbalance is reflected by the fact that the literacy rate is 62 percent for men but only 28 percent for women. This discrepancy is even greater in the remote mountain villages. Some of the highest educational levels are reported in the Indian

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