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This review is from: Colliding Continents: A geological exploration of the Himalaya, Karakoram, and Tibet (Hardcover)
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Mike Searle is both a mountaineer and geologist and 30 years exploring some
of the most remote parts of the Himalayas, as well the Karakorum and Tibet,
has enabled him to describe both the science and the magic of their creation.
His travels and research have culminated in this truly beautiful book. He gives
us a very real sense of the enormous subterranean forces which thrust the seabed
up to almost touch the stars when the Indian Plate forced its way into Asia some
fifty million years ago (a collision which continues today at a barely imperceptible
pace). It's an awe-inspiring idea captured in language which, despite his evident
technical prowess, would not leave the geological novice trailing too far behind.
In wonderfully lucid prose he makes both the enormity and wonder of his subject
come to life. The stunning photography, too, compliments Mr Searle's narrative and
takes us into cold corners of the World which few of us will be fortunate to visit.
A magnificent and utterly fascinating achievement. One of
the most beautiful books about mountains I have ever read!