Frozen glacial lakes on the Tibetan Plateau • Earth.com

Frozen glacial lakes on the Tibetan Plateau

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features a wintry scene on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in January of 2020. The photo, which was captured by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS), is focused on two frozen glacial lakes near the Himalayan mountain range. 

Lake Puma Yumco and Yamdrok Lake are located northeast of Mount Everest. According to NASA, these are just two of the many glacial lakes across the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which spans approximately 965,000 square miles. 

The Tibetan Plateau is one of Earth’s highest points, and often referred to as the “roof of the world.”

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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