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Nepal: An introduction to the natural history, ecology, and human impact of the Himalayas

Edited by Georg Miehe and Colin Pendry

ISBN: 978-1-910877-02-9

The Himalayas are Earth’s greatest mountain range, including its highest peaks, and they have profound effects on Asia’s climate, biodiversity and human cultures. Nepal is a microcosm for the Himalayas and this book, a companion volume to the Flora of Nepal, provides the definitive account of the country’s environment. It includes contributions from more than forty international experts describing the region’s geology, geomorphology, hydrology, climate, soils, evolutionary biology, ecology, palynology, ethnobotany, anthropology and conservation.

The publication of Nepal: An Introduction to the natural history, ecology and human environment of the Himalayas is the direct culmination of four years of work, but it is built on the four decade career of the lead editor, Georg Miehe, one of today’s leading authorities on the ecology of the Himalayas. The forty five other authors who have contributed to the book represent many of the foremost experts on the Himalayas.

The book includes a wealth of stunning pictures and although it is primarily written for a professional audience, it will have wider appeal to others with an interest in the region.

Hardback, 560pp, 284 x 216mm, full colour illustrations throughout


"... a milestone in the exploration of the Himalayas. ... The value of the book lies in the fact that the current status of knowledge about flora and vegetation is summarized in the region, and that new perspectives and questions arise through the comprehensive and varied treatment of the subject." [translated from German] Bauhinia, 2016, 26, 65-71.

"... This highly informed and immaculately presented production must be a definitive text for researchers working in Nepal and the Himalayas for some time to come. The writing is accessible and the photographs are stunning throughout. It is said to have been written for a professional audience, but should have much wider appeal to anyone with an interest in Nepal and the Himalayas." Mountain Research and Development, 2016, 36(4), 563-564.

See also:

Flora of Nepal. Volume 3

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