[Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan WHS - Laojunshan component, visited 18 Jun 2018]
Last week's adventure in southwestern Yunnan. Explored the mountains of Laojunshan to see this turtle shell patterns of the rocks. These are formed by repetitive thawing and freezing of ice combined with weathering effects. (Or for conspiracy theorists, the petrified brains of thousand aliens! :D)
Deep in the mountains of southwestern China, three of the world's longest rivers (Yangtze, Mekong, Salween) flows almost parallel with each other separated only by sound 18 km to 66 km at their closest parts. For millennia they carved the mountains with deep gorges of up to 3000 m producing scenic landscapes and high biodiversity.
The Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan is one of the few WHS that's inscribed in all 4 natural criteria:
(1) Earth's History - the area displays the history of closing of Tethys Sea - the ancient sea separating the Indian and Eurasian plate - as recorded by its the diverse rock type.
(2) Ecological process - there is a mix of geological, topographic and climactic effects in the area with a mix of landscape diversity allowing full range of Paleartic biomes to develop.
(3) Superlative natural phenomena and scenic beauty - outstanding natural features ranging from glaciated mountains to scenic alpine landforms. (I only visited Laojunshan section which displays the turtle shell weathering of Danxia rocks.)
(4) Biodiversity and Treated species - the area is home of numerous endemic and protected species, being one of the most biologically diverse temperate regions on Earth.
I only explored 0.01% of the site. Will surely be back to visit other areas. Can't wait for next adventure!!! #yunnan #worldheritagesite
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