A Complete Atlas On Nepal

22 January 2007 | 08:05 Code : 12455 Geoscience events
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The memories of late Dr. Harka Gurung vividly chase us whenever we talk about....

The memories of late Dr. Harka Gurung vividly chase us whenever we talk about population dynamics, geographical surveys, scholarly articles on Nepal and many more. His contribution to polish the nation's scholarly personality is something that demands unending tribute and recognition. The entire nation was left in a pool of tears when learning about his tragic demise in the Taplejung chopper crash in September last year. Gurung went on contributing to enrich Nepal's literature on geographical and political surveys till the fag end of his career. Many of them in the form of written presentations while others in the form of Atlas and Maps. 'NEPAL, Atlas & Statistics' brought out by the Himal Books for Toni Hagen Foundation would not have received the technical and scholarly perfection without the hard work of late Dr. Gurung. The atlas is the untiring work of Narendra Khanal,, Purushotan Pradahan and Pawan Ghimire. Its contents received the needed updates and expert scrutiny from late Dr. Gurung. The atlas is a compilation covering almost all aspects of Nepal's economic, political, geographical and social fabric. In the introductory section, late Dr. Gurung has taken time to present the historical developments related with Nepal's mapping with due credit to British and Japanese explorers for their contributions.The atlas is a collection of 95 maps and five diagrams accompanied by tables and statistical tables. Part I dwells on the setting of Nepal in the global and regional context, its formation as a state and its administrative and regional divisions. Part II deals with the physical basis covering geology, geomorphology, climate and biography with 21 maps and figures. Part III with 27 maps covers social cultural aspects such as culture (ethnicity, language, religion), population, education, health and water supply. Part IV on economic sectors includes 39 maps, dealing with agriculture, forestry, transport, communication, trade, banking, energy, industry and tourism. Part V on selected development indicators includes district budget, human development index, per capital income and levels of development.The atlas is undoubtedly a valuable resource for students, researchers and foreigners wanting a complete package of information on Nepal.

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