Geographia Polonica (2011) vol. 84, iss. Special Issue Part 2

The Himalayas: from mountain building to landform evolution in a changing world

Monique Fort

Geographia Polonica (2011) vol. 84, iss. Special Issue Part 2, pp. 15-37 | Full text

The Himalayas are a living mountain mass, which, in addition to their rocks, landformsand processes, are the homeland of people who must continually adapt to their geodynamicallyvery active, yet inspiring environment. We focus on the Himalayas of Nepal, one of the less developedcountries in the world. This paper addresses different issues: mountain landform building,the role of current processes and natural hazards, and their interactions with a changingworld, i.e. under the influence of economic development in a context of globalization and climatechange.

Keywords: Nepal Himalayas, geomorphic processes, natural hazards, global change

Monique Fort, Department of Geography, GHSS (Case 7001) Université Paris-Diderot, Sorbonne-Paris-Cité