Dharamshala, India — With an elevation of more than 4,000 meters above mean sea level, the Tibetan Plateau physically dominates the geographical map of the world. The entire plateau stretches for almost 3,000 kilometers from west to east and 1,500 kilometers from south to north. It holds the Hindu Kush Himalayan Ice Sheet, considered as the largest ice mass and reservoir of fresh water apart from the two poles, hence the name ‘Third Pole’.

Dharamshala, India — Explaining Tibet’s influence on global climate is reportedly equivalent to that of the North and South Poles, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that "almost a billion people across Asia depend on water from rivers in Tibet. If the snow on the mountains of Tibet disappears, millions of Indians will suffer the consequences.

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