Persistent toxic substances released by industry and agriculture , or persistent organic pollutants ( POPs ) in South Asia have been travelling across the ridges and valleys of the Himalayas to reach the Tibetan Plateau .The researchers developed a model to simulate the transport processes of POPs along river valleys and mountain slopes of the Himalayas . The model reveals that more than 90% of POPs are trapped along the slopes of the Himalayas due to rainfall scavenging and gas deposition to surface ground .
El – Southern Oscillation ( ENSO for short ) may explain why the lakes over the Tibetan Plateau dramatically shrank and then expanded between 2013 and 2017 , according to a latest study by scientists from the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research .
Increased precipitation can alleviate grassland degradation in Tibet which is worsened by pika grazing and climate warming , according to a recent research led by Prof . LUO Tianxiang from the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research .The study published in Plant Ecology improved our understanding on what factors are responsible for grassland degradation in the context of global warming .Plateau pikasTibetan Plateau is home to the highest and largest grasslands and meadows in the world .
Tibetan Plateau , as the “ Third Pole ” on the earth , was reported to be firstly occupied probably by modern humans armed with blade technology as early as 40 ka BP . However .No human fossils representing the specific hominin groups have been previously found or reported on the Tibetan Plateau yet .Fahu Chen ’ s team and various researchers will carry out wider and deeper studies of prehistoric human activity and high-altitude adaptations in future .