The Himalayas

About

The highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayan range is far-reaching, spanning thousands of miles, and holds within it an exceptionally diverse ecology. Coniferous and subtropical forests, wetlands, and montane grasslands are as much a part of this world as the inhospitable, frozen mountaintops that tower above.

The word Himalaya is Sanskrit for “abode of snow” – fitting for a stretch of land that houses the world’s largest non-polar ice masses. Extensive glacial networks feed Asia’s major rivers including the Ganges, Indus, and Brahmaputra. More than a billion people rely on these glacier-fed water sources for drinking water and agriculture. The Himalayas are not only a remarkable expanse of natural beauty. They’re also crucial for our survival.

NATURE takes us on a stunning journey to the Himalayas. From Everest to the Tibetan Plateau, from the Gaumukh to the Ganges, this episode introduces us to a complex, interconnected natural world that continues to inspire, challenge and amaze the human race.

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NARRATED BY
CHRIS MORGAN

WRITTEN AND EDITED BY
MARK FLETCHER

PHOTOGRAPHY
MARK SMITH
MARTYN COLBECK
JOHN BROWN
IAN McCARTHY
BRIAN McDAIRMANT
SHANE MOORE
ROD CLARKE
PAUL STEWART
GAVIN NEWMAN
GORDON BUCHANAN

MUSIC BY
EARTHSONG

DUBBING EDITOR
TIM OWENS

DUBBING MIXER
ANDREW WILSON

MAPS
SIMON BROWN

COLORIST
TONY OSBORNE

ONLINE EDITORS
ADRIAN RIGBY
JAMES REYNOLDS

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS
CYRIL GRUETER
MARK WRIGHT
MARK WATSON

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
CATHERINE WILTCHER

PRODUCTION MANAGER
LINDA DALE

SERIES PRODUCER
STEVE GREENWOOD

SPECIAL THANKS
PHIL CHAPMAN
IAN GRAY
VANESSA BERLOWITZ
KATHRYN JEFFS
ANDY WHITEHEAD
ROGER WEBB
MILES HALL
THEO WEBB

SERIES EDITOR
TIM MARTIN

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FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
JANICE YOUNG

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER

PRODUCTION MANAGER
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
JAYNE JUN

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

HD ONLINE EDITOR
PATRICK KRASS

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE
WILLIAM GRANT

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

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WEB CREDITS

PRODUCER
KATE FULTON

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
CHIE WITT

DESIGNER
JOY WEEENG

PAGEBUILDING
BRIAN SANTALONE

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
BRIAN LEE

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
NICK MILLER

DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL STRATEGY
DAVID HIRMES

SENIOR DIRECTOR
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

WRITERS

Kate Fulton
for “Introduction”
"The Disappearing Glacier: Climate Change and Himalayan Ecology"
and "Tectonic Motion: Making the Himalayas"

Kate Fulton
Anatomy of a Glacier Graphic