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Mountains part 3 shapes the world's climate

Some 50 million years ago India collided with Tibet thrusting up these immense peaks, which are still rising. This vast barrier of rock and ice is so colossal it shapes the world's climate. Warm winds from India, full of moisture, are forced upwards by the Himalayas. As the air rises so it cools, causing clouds to form and the monsoon is born. At high altitudes the monsoon rains fall as snow. Here, at the far eastern end of the range in China, one inhabitant endures the bitter winters out in the open. The distinctive jagged shapes of the Alps were carved by those great mountain sculptors - the glaciers. Immense rivers of moving ice, laden with rock, grind their way down the mountains, gouging out deep valleys.





 
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Planet Earth Mountains
Planet Earth Mountains
  2 filmed in the wild
2 filmed in the wild
  3 shapes the world's climate
3 shapes the world's climate
  4 journey across the Himalayas
4 journey across the Himalayas