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Gangotri Glacier of Himalaya: Paradise in Peril

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Item Code: HAR245
Author: Mahendra Singh Miral
Publisher: Samaya Sakshaya Prakashan, Dehradun
Language: English
Edition: 2019
ISBN: 9789388165259
Other Details 8.5x5.5 inch
Weight 285 gm
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About the Book

This wise and witty book is an essential guide for anyone who is seeking trustworthy information on the glaciers of Central Himalaya especially Gangotri and its tributary glaciers. Featuring the author’s clear and extensive translations of original sources and field experiences, it brings to life the myths and legends of Gangotri in a lucid and engaging style. In this compelling account, the author has painlessly preached various phenomena associated with the glaciers of Central Himalaya along their dynamics in a bizarre fashion. The content of this book has been arranged and rejuvenated in such a way that each chapter introduces the motive and then familiarized the reader with all the associated principles and applications in an analytical manner. Text depicted enthralling, inspirational and an impressive testimony to one man’s unquenchable curiosity for exploring and conserving these Eden’s of Central Himalaya.


It was my keen desire to write on Gangotri, the birth place of Ganga. I wanted to share the experiences that I had during my research work on Himalayan glaciers with the people, especially those relating to Gangotri. Besides this, I believe these experiences will prove very helpful to research scholars, environmentalists, geologists, hydrologists and glaciologists.

This book covers all aspects of the Gangotri glacier viz. mythology, history, global warming, weather conditions, glaciations, snow melt-water runoff, glacier recessions, glacier lake outburst flood, avalanches, and the flora and fauna of Gangotri glacier valley. Chapter 1 deals with the religious and spiritual background of the Ganga, starting from its origin as mentioned in the holy books, mythology, folklore, folk tales and diatribes of spiritual persons.

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