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3D View of the Himalaya
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The Tibetan Plateau and a portion of the Himalayan Mountain chain are
captured in this Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) true-color and stereo
images from May 14, 2000. The upper image is composed of red, green, and blue data
from MISR's vertical (nadir) camera. The lower image is a composite of data from the
instrument's vertical and
46-degree forward cameras. Both are oriented with north at the left.
Viewing the image in 3-D requires the use of red/blue glasses with the
red filter placed over your left eye.
On the left side of these images is the Tibetan Plateau, the highest
plateau on Earth and often called the "Roof of the World." Near the
lower left is lake Paiku Co, at an altitudeof 4591 meters. The border
between Tibet and Nepal marks the eastern extent of the magnificent
Himalayan Mountains, home to many of the world's highest peaks. Himalaya
is a Sanskrit word meaning "the Abode of Snow." Mt. Everest (8848
meters) and Mt. Makalu (8481 meters) are visible near the top center of
Further to the south is the Mahabharat Range, separated from the
Himalayas by the "River of Gold," the Sun Kosi. Rounding out our tour
from north to south, on the righthand side of the image, is the densely
populated Indo-Gangetic Plain of northern India.