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Asia, China, New Peaks in Southwestern China

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  • Publication Year: 1931

New peaks in Southwestern Chinn. In a splendidly illustrated article in the National Geographic Magazine for October, 1930, Dr. Joseph F. Rock reports a visit to a new district of 20,000-ft. peaks in southwestern China. The highest is Minya Konka, 25,600 ft. Next in rank are Longemain, 22,500 ft., and Daddomain, 21,500 ft. On their western slope the snow-line lies at 18,000 ft. Near the head of Riuchi valley stands Reddomain Solo, 23,000 ft. Elevations are estimated by clinometer. The peaks are situated between the Yalung and Tung Rivers, which are northerly tributaries of the Yang-tse, in the west central portion of the province of Szechuen (or Sechwan), south of the town of Ta-chien-lu. It is one of the least known portions of China, although in the vicinity of the ancient trade route between Lhasa and the lower valley of the Yang-tse, that noted river which flows easterly from Tibet 3,500 miles into the China Sea. The area lies 45 days from the nearest rail-head and involves a tedious and most arduous journey across high passes, table-lands and torrential rivers. The National Geographic Society is to be congratulated upon the success of its expedition under Dr. Rock in securing such a magnificent series of color photographs of these impressive peaks and glaciers.

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