Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya

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University Press of Kentucky, Aug 4, 2006 - Reference - 228 pages
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The Himalaya are world-renowned for their exquisite mountain scenery, ancient traditions, and diverse ethnic groups that tenaciously inhabit this harsh yet sublime landscape. Home to the worldÕs highest peaks, including Mount Everest, and some of its deepest gorges, the region is a trove of biological and cultural diversity. Providing a panoramic overview of contemporary land and life in the EarthÕs highest mountains, the Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya is the first full-color, comprehensive atlas of the geography, economics, politics, and culture of this spectacular area. Drawing from the authorsÕ twenty-five years of scholarship and field experience in the region, the volume contains a stunning and unique collection of maps utilizing state-of-the-art cartography, exquisite photography, and engagingly-written text to give accurate coverage of the Himalaya. The volume covers the entire 2,700-kilometer length of the mountain range, from the Indus Valley in northern Pakistan and India, across Nepal and Bhutan, to the hidden realms of northeast India. The Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya not only offers detailed explanations of geological formations, climate, vegetation, and natural resources but also explores the human dimension of the regionÕs culture and economy. The authors devote special attention to discovery and travel, including exploration, mountaineering, and trekking. Packed with over 300 easy-to-read, custom designed full color maps and photographs and detailed text and map indexes, the Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya is a superb collectorÕs volume and an essential reference to this vast and complex mountain region.

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A really nice book, must be made freely downloadable to the poor citizens of the Himalaya such as the Nepalese. Amulya Ratna Tuladhar


Part Two The Natural Environment
Part Three Society
Part Four Reources and Conservation
Part Five Exploration and Travel
Sources of Illustrations
Subject and Name Index
Map Index

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David Zurick is a professor of geography at Eastern Kentucky University and the author of Hawaii, Naturally and Errant Journeys. P. P. Karan is a professor of geography and director of the Japan Studies Program at the University of Kentucky. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including Nepal: A Himalayan Kingdom in Transition.

Julsun Pacheco is a cartographer and geographic information systems specialist. He is a major contributor to the Atlas of Hawaii and the Atlas of Southeast Asia.

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