The Tibetan plateau

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Aug 19 2018

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Category: Asia, China-Tibet

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Lying north of the Himalayas, the Tibetan plateau has an average altitude of 4000 m. It is mostly dry and bare. Hardly any of the monsoon rains from India and Nepal manage to cross the barrier of the high Himalayan mountain ranges. So the average yearly rainfall in Tibet is only about 40 cm. That is why – as the picture shows – there is very little scope for agriculture, only a bit near rivers and streams in the valleys.

Life is hard in Tibet, for more than one reason.

Photo of the week: Between Shigatse and Gyantse, China-Tibet 1996