THE HIMALAYAS by George Monk
CONTENTS • Facts • The Landscape • Weather • Sports • Beliefs • Rivers • Plants
Facts The Himalayas are based in Asia. They are the biggest mountain range in the world. They also have the tallest mountain in the world called Mount Everest. It is 8,848m high. The Himalayas cover an area from east to west of 612,021sq. km. Himalaya means ‘ abode of snow’. Him meaning snow and alaya meaning abode.
Weather The Himalayan climate changes according to the elevation. The higher you get the colder it gets. The lower you get the wetter it gets. The weather in the Himalayas can change very quickly. In winter there is heavy snow and icy temperatures. Alot of snow settles on the tip of the mountains.
Sports In the Himalayas they play a variety of sports including : skiing, sleighing, snowboarding, sledding, tobogganing. Lots of tourists go to the Himalayas to ski.
Beliefs In the Himalayas they believe that there is a beast called The Yeti. It is supposed to look like a man covered in shaggy hair. The Yeti is supposed to be 6-8 feet tall. People claim they have seen it but there is no actual evidence that it lives.
RIVERS The main river in the Himalayas is river Indus. It enters the Himalayas from the southeast. It is at an elevation of 4200m. There are also other rivers such as the Sutlej, Ganga and the Brahmaputra.
PLANTS The plants in the Himalayas change as I gets colder. At the southenfoot there lives tall grass and reeds. Some tigers and boars lurk around down there. When you get above 3000m you will find deciduous trees such as birches and oaks. Higher there is coniferous woods.
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