mountain range in the Tibet Autonomous Region, southwestern China. On the high plateau south of the mountains, there are many large salt lakes. In its eastern part the range forms the boundary between Tibet and Qinghai province. Although many peaks are higher than 19,000 feet (5,700 metres) and the tallest, Basudan Ula, reaches some 20,000 feet (6,100 metres), the mountains do not appear to be particularly high, since the surrounding plateau averages about 16,500 feet (5,000 metres) above sea level. The range is fairly rounded in contour in the west; the most rugged and deeply incised section is in the east, where there are considerable areas of permanent snow
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