The Himalayas

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
The lordly Himalayas—separating the Indian subcontinent from the vast Tibetan plateau—contain Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. Readers of this "Mountains Around the World" series will discover that the Himalayan chain includes Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet within its boundaries. Formed about fifty million years ago, this range contains towering summits like K2 and sacred Machapuchare (closed to climbers) as well as lakes, deep gorges, and glaciers that provide fresh water to major rivers including the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, and the Indus. Especially appealing in this volume is a section on Himalayan ecology: fruits and grains are grown in valleys and foothills (also home to the Bengal tiger) as well as timber, sugar cane, and tea. Animals pictured are the domesticated yak, endangered Indian rhinoceroses, elephants, and the gorgeous snow leopard. Many ethnic groups inhabit the region (a striking photo shows Tibetan women in their sheepskin coats and bright striped aprons), while hardy Sherpa mountaineers like Tenzing Norgay (first to the top with Edmund Hillary) are especially famous as guides and companions in climbing Mount Everest. Since the 1950s millions of tourists visit Nepal, some hoping to make that dangerous climb, though many struggling climbers have been lost or died of altitude sickness. Today, this once pristine landscape is becoming polluted and deforested, endangered animals being poached and killed. What does the future hold? The author cites several institutions like the American Himalayan Foundation, working to aid the Tibetan, Sherpa, and Nepalese people, and the Snow Leopard Trust, which studies leopards, promotes conservation, and works to change governmental policies. Illustrations are large, spectacular color photos; a Himalayan timeline, a good glossary, and a short bibliography will help aspiring mountaineers begin further research. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778775621
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Series: Mountains Around the World Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 990,953
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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