High & Dry: Images of the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau

Tibetan Yak

Tibetan yak with brightly colored garmets and mountains in the background

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Tibetan yak with brightly colored garmets and mountains in the background

Tibetan Plateau

A beautiful view of the mountain Tibetan Plateau

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A beautiful view of the mountain Tibetan Plateau

Tibetan sheep and goats

Tibetan landscape with grazing sheep and goats

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Tibetan landscape with grazing sheep and goats.

Tibetan herder

A man and yaks

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An unidentified Tibetan nomad with yaks during the local Dho Tarap Full Moon Festival on September 05, 2011 in Dho Tarap Village, Dolpo district, Nepal

Black Tibetan yak

Black Tibetan yak in front of a blue lake

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Black Tibetan yak in front of a blue lake.

Tibetan landscape

Tibetan landscape

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Tibetan plateau

Tibetan plateau

Tibetan plateau mountains, lakes

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A lake on the Tibetan Plateau, with mountains in the distance.

Tibetan plateau

Tibetan landscape with Mount Everest in the background

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Tibetan landscape with rock pile in the foreground and Mount Everest in the background.

Green plateau

Horse grazing on green grass in Tibet.

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Horse grazing on the green grasses of the qinghai-tibet plateau. Sometimes the Tibetan plateau called "the roof of the world," it is the highest and biggest plateau in the world.

Mount Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest Elevation Sign with Height at Base Camp in Tibet

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Mount Everest Elevation Sign with Height at Base Camp in Tibet

Mountain and lake in Tibet

Mountain and lake, Tibet

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The Tibetian plateau is the highest in the world, made by the Indian plate ramming into Asia.

Jennifer Welsh is a Connecticut-based science writer and editor and a regular contributor to Live Science. She also has several years of bench work in cancer research and anti-viral drug discovery under her belt. She has previously written for Science News, VerywellHealth, The Scientist, Discover Magazine, WIRED Science, and Business Insider.