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At the roads in Tibet I found friendly people, like this charming woman with her lovely children
At the back is the Himalaya Mountain we were going to cross

Color skin

It has long been obvious that various mountain peoples are specially adapted to the thinner air and reduced oxygen density of their home regions; this means that low oxygen levels and the high altitude air produced a very special skin tone

Whether this was a result of genetic differences or long-term acclimatization by individuals (i.e. you grew up with thinner air so you acquired traits over your life) was often not clear


I found another interesting fact

When lowlanders try to live at high altitudes, their blood thickens as the body tries to counteract the low oxygen levels
This overproduction of red blood cells leads to chronic mountain sickness and to lesser fertility
Han Chinese living in Tibet has three times the infant mortality of Tibetans.

Obviously this woman and the children are born in Tibet

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  • Copyright: Maria Ocampos (nikkitta) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1682 W: 10 N: 3295] (13220)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-06-05
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/3.5
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-05-07 13:11
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