Nature: The Himalayas
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Nature: The Himalayas

Wednesday, December 24 at 8:00 p.m.

The Himalayas are defined by superlatives.

They defy both description and comprehension while at the same time teaching us about the awesome power and grandeur of nature. Explore "The Himalayas" on February 15 at 8:00 p.m., on "Nature."

Born during the ice ages, they form the highest mountain range in the world, and reach across Asia for two thousand miles. The mountains themselves are considered sacred, and the rivers that spring from them are worshipped as holy. Their great beauty may appear cold and forbidding, but the Himalayas are actually rich with a surprising array of plants and animals. 

Snow leopards, red pandas, Asiatic black bears, musk deer, snub-nosed monkeys, Tibetan foxes and high-flying birds live here, as well as enormous goat-like creatures that may have been the source of the original Golden Fleece for which Jason and the Argonauts searched. These majestic mountains are where the Earth meets the sky.

Pictured at right: A snow leopard.