The Himalayas are home to the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. Everyday many people train to climb, but very few reach the top. Not only are the Himalayas the tallest point buyt they are also very wide! The mountain range stretches for 1.550 miles from west to east. Since the mountains are so big they are the third largest giver of ice after Antarctica and The Arctic. Not only are the mountains famous but so are the names! The name "Himalayas" comes from sanskrit, 'hima' meaning "snow" and 'alaya' meaning "abode". Come on down to Nepal and test yourself and try to climb Mount Everst.
The Plateu of Tibet is often reffered to as "The Roof of The World". This beautiful landmark is three miles above Sea level, that's 15,840 feet. The Plateu of Tibet is located near the Himalayas, so 4% of the world's population lives off of its ice and water. The Plateu is so big, its land mass is 965,000 square miles. The Plateu was formed when India collided with Eurasia and it formed the Plateu. Come to Tibet now and be "on top of the world."
The Taklamakan Desert, is also known as the “Place of Ruins” or the “Sea of Death." It is the largest desert in China It may be the hottest and driest desert in china, but it experiences very cold winters. Taklamakan was taken from the Uighur language, in which it means ‘you can get in, but you can’t get out’. During the 1980’s a series of perfectly preserved mummies were discovered in the Taklamakan desert With European features, and they were shocked when they did not appear to be of Chinese descent.
The Gobi Desert is one of the largest deserts in the world. It is 500,000 square miles. The gobi desert is so big that it stretches both across Mongolia and China. The name "gobi" means waterless place. It is the fifth largest desert in the world. Instead of it being a traditional desert where it is very hot it is a very cool and "cold" desert. Try traveling across this desert!
The North China olain is one of the biggest plains in all of Asia. The area of the plain totals approximately 325,000 sq km. the Plain is very good for growing crops. The plain was formed from the Yellow River, and it has flooded more than 1,300 itimes in the past 3,000 years. Come see the green lushness for yourself.
The Yellow River is ginormous! It is the second longest river in China. The yellow river gives 155 million people a source of water, which is 12 percent of china's population. The yellow river has changed course 26 times since 602 b.c. Every year 1.5 billion tons of soil flows into the yellow river. In 2008, it was reported that two thirds of the yellow river are heavily polluted with industrial waste.
The Yangze river is the third largest river in the world right by the Nile river. The river is main waterway and it gives almost one third of the population of china water. The upper course of the river actually flows through the Plateu of Tibet. The annual rainfall is about 43 inches. Much like the yellow river, the yangzi river has around 280-300 million tons of sediment that it carries
Since so many rivers flow into the Bay, sediment has made the Bay shallow. Monsoon rains and destructive cyclone storms have caused great loss of life along the bay's northern coast. The bay receives many large rivers including the Ayeyarwady, Ganges-Brahmaputra, Mahanadi, Godavari, Krishna, and Kaveri, all forming fertile, heavily populated deltas. Petroleum and natural gas have been found in the Bay of Bengal offshore.
The Dead Sea is the lowest surface point on earth. It is the saltiest source of water with 25% concentrate unlike the ocean which has 4-6%. No wildlife can live in the Dead Sea so no plants or fish since the salt levels are so high. Many tourists come not only to visit the sea but to rub the mad on their bodies because it is so high nutrients. Another fact of the mad is that it has great healing powers and it helps with respiratory problems, joint problems, and skin problems (acne, cellulite).