Ask NASA Climate | March 11, 2010, 16:00 PST

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Himalayas or fractals?

Credit: NASA ASTER satellite.
Credit: NASA ASTER satellite.

In this 2002 image, soaring, snow-capped peaks and ridges of the eastern Himalayas create an irregular white-on-red patchwork between major rivers in southwestern China. The Himalayas are made up of three parallel mountain ranges that together extend for more than 2900 kilometers (1800 miles).

Courtesy of the extremely cool NASA/USGS Earth as Art gallery.