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Heat and Moisture From Himalayas Could be a Key Cause of the South Asian Monsoon
January 13, 2010
Harvard climate scientists suggest that the Tibetan Plateau--thought to be the primary source of heat that drives the South Asian monsoon--may have far less of an effect than the Himalayas and other surrounding mountains. As the monsoon brings needed rainfall and water to billions of people each year, understanding its proper origin, especially in the context of global climate change, is crucial for the future sustainability of the region.
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