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The Riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges

    Naturevolume 120pages4243 (1927) | Download Citation



    THE Tsangpo River, the main source of the Brahmaputra, flows placidly, from west to east, across Tibet until it reaches the eastern end of the Himalayan range, and vanishes into a terrific gorge. The bottom of the gorge is 9680 feet above sea-level, and the peaks that hem it in on each side rise to more than 21,000 feet. The river emerges from the mountains some 35 miles away, and is then flowing south and west at an elevation of less than 2000 feet. There was, therefore, a chance that the gorge might conceal the most stupendous waterfall. Part of the gorge was explored by Bailey and Morshead in 1913, and most of the remainder by Captain Kingdon Ward and Lord Cawdor in 1924. No large falls were found, and it is now clear that none exists.

    The Riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges.

    By Capt. F. Kingdom Ward. Pp. xv + 328 + 16 plates. (London: Edward Arnold and Co., 1926) 21s. net.

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