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Image Caption: Source:Patricia W. Dickerson
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.