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Tibetan Plateau seen from Space
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Tibetan Plateau seen from Space

September 7, 2009
This nadir view of the southern Tibetan Plateau shows the plateau in late summer without snow. It also shows large, irregular Lake Yamzho Yumco, which has the unusual feature of different water color in different places, the darkest water apparently related to the remotest bays, and the lighter color resulting from sediment flowing into the lake from a stream bottom left. The multiple-channeled upper Brahmaputra River cuts the top left corner of the frame, flowing east (to the top right). The tributary entering the frame near the top left corner is the Lhasa River: Lhasa lies on this river just outside the frame.