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Geography
of the
Himalaya Region
Using the map on the next slide, identify which
countries include the Himalayas, and which major
rivers have their source there.
http://daniellemeitiv.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/greater_himalayan_region_map.jpg
Tibet
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Tibet+map&view=detail&id=312432F46
EF5019D2C08C1788835FEF4E68D3C44&first=0 July 28, 2011
Note: the provinces to the north and east of the Tibetan Autonomous Region also
have populations of ethnic Tibetans.
Tibet Autonomous Region in relation to
China & other countries
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Tibet+map&view=detail&id=A5F03970DA00C53C1F886
97F37B20533F7C290D2&first=0 July 28, 2011
Map Activities
• Make a key and color each Himalayan country
a different color.
• Which countries border Tibet to the south?
• Which country is Tibet a part of (unwillingly)?
• Which is further east, Nepal or Bhutan?
• Which country lies between Afghanistan &
India?
• How many entities end in –stan? (Stan means
Place or home of)
• Point out the predominantly Muslim countries
that are partly in the Himalayas (hint: they all
have the same last four letters)
• Point out the predominantly Hindu countries
that are all or partly in the Himalayas.
• Point out the predominantly Buddhist
countries.
• Answers to previous slide:
– Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc. are Muslim
– India and Nepal are Hindu
– Tibet, Burma and northern Nepal are Buddhist
• Billions of people get their water from rivers
that start in the Himalayas. What will be the
impact of the Himalayan glaciers melting due
to global warming?
Languages in the Himalayas
• India – Indo-Aryan languages, such as Hindi,
related to European languages
• Nepal – 50% Nepali, which is related to Hindi,
and Tibeto-Burman languages along the north
side, near Tibet.
• Tibet & Burma – Tibeto-Burman languages