World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Tanggula Mountains

Article Id: WHEBN0012071034
Reproduction Date:

Title: Tanggula Mountains  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Dangqu River, Extreme points of China, Qinghai University for Nationalities, Lang Mountains, Daliang Mountains
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Tanggula Mountains

Tanggula Mountains viewed from Qinghai.

The Tanggula (Chinese唐古拉山, p Tánggǔlāshān, or 唐古拉山脉, p Tánggǔlāshānmài), Tangla, Tanglha, or Dangla Mountains (Tibetanགདང་ལ་།, w Gdang La, z Dang La) are a mountain range in the central part of the Tibetan Plateau in the People's Republic of China.[1] Administratively, the range is in the Nagqu prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region, with the central section extending into the nearby town of Tanggula and the eastern section entering the Yushu Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Qinghai province.

The Tanggula is the source of the Ulan Moron and Dangqu Rivers, the geographic headwaters of the Yangtze. The range thus functions as a dividing range between the basin of the Yangtze River in the north and the endorheic basins of north-eastern Tibet in the south.


The elevations of the main ridge average more than 5,000 m (16,404 ft). The Yangtze River originates in this mountain range and Peak Geladandong (at 6,621 metres or 21,722 feet, located within the town of Tanggula) is the tallest peak in the range.[2]

The Qinghai-Tibet Highway and the Qinghai-Tibet Railway cross the Tanggula Mountains at Tanggula Mountain Pass. This is the highest point of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, and the highest point of any railway in the world, at 5,072 metres (16,640 feet) above sea level.[3] On account of the snow and occasional road accidents, highway closures and concomitant traffic delays are not uncommon.[4]

The mountains lie within the Tibetan Plateau alpine shrub and meadows ecoregion.[5]

In popular culture

In Command & Conquer: Generals,A GLA toxin facility was established in this mountains,unable to use conventional weapons due to a severe consequences if it was destroyed by conventional means,except a firestorm can.a PLA Air Force airstrike failed to destroy it.A task force must eliminate the Stinger Sites first before another airstrike will be ordered.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^ Plateau traffic jam
  5. ^

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.