Tibet from Space

The Tsangpo-Brahmaputra River is visible as it snakes its way across southern Tibet and then makes a big loop, cutting through the Himalaya and debauching onto the plains of Assam. https://maptia.com/danielmiller/stories/tibet-from-space

The Tsangpo-Brahmaputra River is visible as it snakes its way across southern Tibet and then makes a big loop, cutting through the Himalaya and debauching onto the plains of Assam. https://maptia.com/danielmiller/stories/tibet-from-space

Tibet from Space is an extensive collection of photos of Tibet taken by astronauts with a hand-held camera from heights of 200 to 400 km above the earth. This superb collection of space photos, terrestrial photos and maps is available on Maptia—"inspiring stories from every corner of the planet in your inbox once a week". It is the creation of Daniel Miller, ecologist and photographer. The experience is breath-taking whether you have been to the Tibetan Plateau or not. Daniel begins by saying:

"From a global environmental perspective, few other places on the Earth are as important as the Tibetan Plateau is now. Rising concerns about global warming, climate change, melting glaciers, desertification, shrinking water freshwater supplies, food insecurity and loss of biodiversity all point to the significance of this high-elevation mountain landscape in addressing these global challenges."

"Addressing these challenges demands that we start to view the Tibetan landscape more holistically and try to develop a better understanding of its unique ecology and the value of its natural resources. Understanding the development issues faced by Tibetan nomads and farmers — the people who have been making a living in this landscape for thousands of years — also requires knowledge of the environment in which they live. To really grasp the Tibetans’ world, a new perspective of the landscape they inhabit is required."

"The images from space are an unparalleled resource for understanding the geography and landscape of the Tibetan Plateau and Himalaya."

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