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  ARCHITECTURE OF NEPAL AND TIBET BY: OMID A. RASHID  Geography ã Nepalmeasures about 800 kilometers (497mi) along its Himalayan axis by 150 to 250 kilometers (93 to 155mi) across. Nepal has an area of 147,181 square kilometers (56,827sqmi). ã It bordersChinain the north andIndiain the south, east, and west whileBangladeshis located within only 27km (17mi) of its southeastern tip andBhutanis separated from it by the Indian state ofSikkim.  Geology ã Thegeology of Nepalis dominated by theHimalaya, the highest, youngest and a very highly active mountain range.Himalaya is a type locality for the study of on-going continent-continent collision tectonics. ã Nepal’s mineral resources are small, scattered, and barely developed. There are known deposits of coal (lignite), iron ore,magnesite, copper,cobalt, pyrite (used for making sulfuric acid), limestone, andmica.  Climate ã Nepal has five climatic zones, broadly corresponding to the altitudes. The tropical and subtropical zones lie below 1,200 metres, thetemperatezone 1,200 to 2,400 metres, the cold zone 2,400 to 3,600 metres, the subarctic zone 3,600 to 4,400 metres, and the Arctic zone above 4,400 metres. ã Nepal experiences five seasons: summer,monsoon, autumn, winter and spring.
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