Much of the Hindu Kush comprises metamorphic rock, including metamorphosed granodiorite, dated to approximately 115 million years ago, and metamorphosed sedimentary rocks of amphibolite and greenschist facies.
Why are the Hindu Kush mountains important?
The HKH mountains abound with diverse natural resources. They provide valuable ecosystem goods and services including water, food, energy, biodiversity, and hydrological regulating functions to support the livelihoods of people living upstream and downstream.
What is the highest peak of Hindu Kush range?
Do people live in the Hindu Kush?
The population of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region is approximately 210 million. The communities are largely agrarian, relying heavily on local natural resources and subsistence farming on small plots of land.
What animals live in the Hindu Kush mountains?
The Siberian ibex and the markhor (both wild goats) negotiate the high crags, while Marco Polo sheep and urial (another wild sheep) occasionally are found in the high pamir. Black and brown bears still exist in isolated valleys, and the Chitral valley wildlife preserve is a domain of the rare snow leopard.