Which is the Highest Plateau in the World?
The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau is the highest plateau in the world with an average elevation that exceeds 4500m (from the sea level). It is surrounded by the Himalayan range and its imposing mountain peaks that are home to the two highest summits in the world: Mount Everest and K2, making the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau "the Roof of the World".
This plateau is also the drainage basin of a lot of streams and rivers in the surrounding areas. These include the three longest rivers of Asia, namely the Yellow River, the Yangtze River, and the Mekong River. The plateau is a ‘water tower’, owing to it paying homage to thousands of glaciers.
Sometimes called the Third Pole’, its ice fields house the largest amount of fresh water (excluding the polar regions). Its several features make it an important ecological site and the impact of climate change on it has recently sparked scientific research and curiosity.