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The Highest River in the world:
Brahmaputra River (Yarlung Tsangpo, the Mother River of Tibet) is the highest river in the world. Crystal clear and beautiful, 2,057 km in length, from west to east across the snowland of the World Roof.
Originating in middle Himalayas, countless tiny drops from the 5,300 meters high glacier source come down and converge into the river. It keeps flowing eastward and getting bigger and bigger as the Nyang Chu, Kyi Chu, Yarlung, Ni Yang and other streams join in.
When the river reaches Mt. Namjaqbarwa at about 95o E - 29o N, it bends suddenly to southward forming a U shape. This turning is known as "Big Bend" which always puzzling geologists and geographers. Then it dashes through the forest on the peaks of east Himalayas, entering the fantastic Great Canyon of Namjaqbarwa. It roofs on through the plains of northeast Tibet, eventually ended into the Bay of Bengal.
With an arrowhead-shaped summit, crested with 49 maritime glaciers, various icefalls, crevasses and seracs the Mt. Namjaqbarwa is a noble giant. Low-attitude regenerated glaciers extend tongues down into conifer virgin forests. The Great Canyon starts at Dadukha Village and ends at Bashikha, stretching 496 km in length, and plunging an average depth of >5,000 meters.
The largest Canyon in the world:
It was confirmed by American Geography Committee and
Guinness Book of World Records in 1994 that the Great Canyon of Nomjaqbarwa is the largest
canyon in the world.
To tunnel mountains from Pai to Shirang is 10 km long, and a waterhead of 2,230 meters. It has a hydroelectric power capability of 45,000,000 KiloWatts, larger than any others do in the world.
"Garden of Eden" on World's Roof:
The Great Canyon is so remotely situated, thus it preserved a perfect ecosystem. The Himalayas rising like a giant wall holds up the wet wind reaching Tibet. The Great Canyon is the only passage let the wet and warm air mass into the highland. It is wet, green and covered by virgin forest. Rich and complex florae and faunae are living here. Some oldest species survived here since the Quaternary Glaciating period. A mysterious heaven for rare plants and rare animals.
Nature kept her entire history here. The 3.5 billion years old wood fern recorded everything.
"Big Bend" Expedition 97:
In May 1997, a photo-expedition was organized by the famous photo-explorer Lu Linglong, Land Research Institute of Tibet Planning Commission; and Chengdu Geology & Minerals Research Institute of the Geology Ministry. With unusual courage and insight, the explorers needled through the Canyon on foot. They recorded 10,000m x 35 mm film and nearly 10,000 photographs. For the first time, the mysterious veil of the "Big Bend" was raised, and one be able to see the fantastic beauty of the Great Canyon.
Expedition of "Garden of Eden" on World's Roof , 2001:
In associate with SSEA, we are planning to organize the First International Scientific Expedition of "Garden of Eden" on World Roof in 2001. To explore this rare treasure of the Earth. Welcome all the suggestions, participation and supports from world professional explorers and scientists.
Now let's take a virtual tour to enjoy the stunning beauty of the world's highest river and its largest canyon.
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Acknowledge: These precious photos were provided by "Sichuan Scientific Expedition Association" (SSEA) - The most famous organization of professional expeditions in China.