Where is “the roof of the world”?

March 28, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

The Pamir mountain region in Central Asia is called the roof of the world because of its great altitude. In India the Pamirs are called Bam-i-dunya, literally “top of the world.” Pamir itself, according to the most logical theory, is derived from the Persian pai-mir, signifying “the foot of the mountain peaks.”

The region around the North Pole is also sometimes called the roof or top of the world. During the Second World War American aviators who flew between India and China referred to the Himalaya Mountains as “The Hump.”


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