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The Highest Weather in the World

Fifteen hundred miles in length by 100 to 150 in width—and at one point nearly six miles high—the Himalaya range vividly showcases some of the natural world's most beautiful, serene, and intimidating landforms. But while passers-through know these mountains by their seemingly timeless features of snow, rock, and ice, the atmosphere surrounding these peaks grants the most invigorating views, if only for a few seconds at a time in many cases.

ED DARACK is an independent writer and photographer. His latest book is Victory Point, published by The Penguin Group; visit his Web site at

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