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THE ROOF OF THE WORLD: EXPLORING THE MYSTERIES OF THE QINGHAI-TIBET PLATEAU Zhang Mingtao 1982 1st ed Hardcover Fine
By Mingtao, Zhang and Other Members of the Multi-Disciplinary Research Team of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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New York, 1982, 1st edition. 227 pp, many color photos, maps, etc. Large format hardcover with dust jacket. Fine condition.

This is a heavy, large format book. Extra postage will be requested for Media Mail, Priority Mail and International Mail.

Nicely done large format book on the Tibetan Himalaya; includes a chapter on Mt. Everest. 
 
The beautiful volume is the result of cooperation between the two countries of China and the United States. More than 400 specialists in geophysics, geology, geography, biology, agriculture, forestry, and animal husbandry trekked over snowy peaks and glaciers, rivers and lakes, and tropical forest to collect rocks, ice and snow specimens, and fossils of all kinds on this expedition. This book is a record of that expedition, written in nontechnical language and illustrated with dozens of beautiful color and duotone photographs made by the scientists themselves and by special photographic teams. 

The planned expeditions were designed by top geoscientists who have had long experiences in the research fields of Tibet Plateau & Himalayas. It will be a good start for you to make an on-the-spot investigation on the unique, rich, and varied geological phenomena on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
About 200 million years ago,  Himalayas and Qing- Tibet Plateau were uplifted by the collision between Eurasian continent and India Sub-continent. From the view of earth science, Qing- Tibet Plateau is one of the most interesting region in the world.
It has very unique environment and many unique plants & animals.
Its natural ecosystem has been reserved very well. 

EXPLORING THE MYSTERIES OF THE QINGHAI-TIBET PLATEAU 

ZHANG MINGTAO AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH TEAM OF THE QINGHAI TIBET PLATEAU

CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

HARRY N. ABRAMS, INC, NEW YORK AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES PRESS, BEIJING

1982

ASSUMED FIRST EDITION

FRONTISPIECE SPREAD:  KARILA GLACIER, ON A PEAK 6,500 METERS ABOVE SEA LEVEL IN SOUTHERN TIBET

MORE THAN 400 SPECIALISTS IN GEOPHYSICS, GEOLOGY, GEOGRAPHY, BIOLOGY, AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY TREKKED OVER SNOWY PEAKS AND GLACIERS, CROSSED RVIERS AND LAKES, PENETRATED TROPICAL FORESTS, COLLECTED ROCK, ICE, AND SNOW SPECIMENS, AND UNEARTHED ALL KINDS OF FOSSILS EVEN DINOSAURS

THIS BOOK IS A RECORD OF THE EXPEDITIONS, WRITTEN IN NON-TECHNICAL LANGUAGE AND ILLUSTRATED WITH BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS

232 illustrations, including 138 plates in full color, diagram and two MAPS

However it will not be a easy task to do scientific expedition on the World's Roof.

It is the highest plateau in the world - average altitude 4,500 m (14,763 ft) with a crust thickness of 70km.

It is the front line of Eurasian continent and India Sub-continent, and these two mass of land are still press each other today.

It has the two highest mountains in the world - Mt. Everest (8,850 m = 29,035 ft) and Mt. K2 ( 8,611 m = 28,250 ft).

It has the largest canyon in the world - Yalung Tsangpu (Brahmaputra) River Great Canyon (depth  5,382 m = 17,657 ft with a total length of 496.3 km.

It is still geologically active with frequent earthquake, glacier movements, earth heat field and hot waterfall exploring.

It has the largest scale of vertical ecosystem zones - from the highest point on the earth 8,850 m, to the bottom of valley >900 m elevation.

It has numerous glaciers and the originates of many important rivers are here.

The World's Roof is the 'Mega' of Geologists. It is the scientific treasure of the whole world.



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