Professor K. S. Valdiya has been one of the great stalwarts of Himalayan geology and has previously written several research volumes on the Kumaon Himalaya, spread over three decades of field work. This book is written for the nonspecialist and is a simple and very readable account of the greatest mountain range on Earth. Despite some geopoetical chapter headings, from Chapter 1 ‘Many Splendoured Mountain’ through Chapter 7 ‘Turbulent Times: Birth of the King of Mountains’ to Chapter 8 ‘Evolution of the Abode of Snows’, the content is a simple and well-presented account of the building of the Himalaya. It...

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