STS-106 Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Photographic Highlights

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photo ID STS106-705-9
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Karakoram Glaciers, Qogir Feng (K2): Qogir Feng (8611 m; also called K2 or Mt. Godwin Austen), second highest peak in the world, is at far upper left in this view of the northwestern Karakoram Range. The Tarim sedimentary basin borders the range on the north and the Lesser Himalayas on the south. Melt waters from vast glaciers, such as those south and east of K2, feed agriculture in the valleys (dark green) and contribute significantly to the regional fresh-water supply. The Karakoram Range lies along the southern edge of the Eurasian tectonic plate and is made up of ancient sedimentary rocks (more than 390 million years old). Those strata were folded and thrust-faulted, and granite masses were intruded, when the Indo-Pakistan plate collided with Eurasia, beginning more than 100 million years ago.

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