Ancient Tibet : research materials from the Yeshe de by Yeshe De Project, Yeshe De Project Staff

By Yeshe De Project, Yeshe De Project Staff

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As the climate shifted between glacial and interglacial, the vegetation on the Tibetan plateau shifted back and forth between forest and steppeland. In glacial times, the forests receded from mountain slopes; sometimes sparse spruce and fir forests would survive in sheltered valleys, but much of the landscape was treeless, shrubby grassland and steppe. During warmer periods, the temperature increased rapidly even in the northern areas. As glaciers melted, new lakes formed across the plateau, and older lakes were replenished, while marshland increased.

A third and final piece arrived 45 million years ago with the Indian plate. 22 The Land SHIFTING CONTINENTS 550 MILLION YEARS AGO 135 MILLION YEARS AGO 250 MILUON YEARS AGO During the long ages of geologic history, the continents have shifted positions many times. Over hundreds of millions of years, the ancient land masses drifted closer together and eventually formed a supercontinent known as Pangaea. The southern regions have been named Gondwanaland, while the more northerly regions are called Laurasia.

The little three-toed horse died out, but a related species in North America gave rise to the modem horse. By 2 million years ago, these new horses had spread across the world. In Tibet the horselike kiang was a descendant of the recent arrivals. Modem cattle, sheep, and goats also arose in this era, with the yak developing 400,000 years ago. THE ICE AGE A distinct cooling all across the earth began about 3 million years ago. " It was during this era that humans arose, and culture had its beginnings (see chapter 5).

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