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February 14, 2008


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The lakes are salty because they have no outlets, it has NOTHING to do with whether or not the Tibetan Plateau was ever part of the oceanic crust and rose-up due to plate tectonics.


The tibetan plateau and the himalayas are the results of the collision and subsequent joining of the Indian Plate with the Eurasian Plate nearly 1O million years ago. Before that period, the modern world's tibetan plateau used to be under water. Hence the lakes in here are saline in nature.


You seem to be suggesting that geologists believe that the lakes may be remnant oceans. I find that hard to believe. Do you mean that the salt content hasn't changed significantly? Considering the amount of water that would flow to and from these lakes, I think the salinity might be due to the decrease in size...


Hi! your trip is wonderful. I saw on your website that you might ask, has also recently traveled to Tibet.
I like to travel from Beijing, Xian and Chengdu to Lhasa. Could you recommend a reliable travel agency? thanks

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Luke...yes, most lakes on the northern Tibetan Plateau freeze solid in the winter.

The road to Nam Tso can often be snowed over in the winter making it difficult or impossible to reach. You will need to check the road conditions once you arrive in Lhasa.


Hi! You have a great website. It's been really helpful. I was curious if the lakes freeze over in the winter? I am planning on going in December, and am wondering if it would be worth it to see Nam Tso.



We got a sailboat named koko nor, now I know from where the name came out

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