Tibet Karte Topograpisch Tibet (Bod in Tibetan (pronounced Po) is geographically and culturally defined by the high elevation Tibetan Plateau. This steppe spans approximately two thousand miles (3,219 km) from east to west and one thousand miles (1,609 km) from north to south. The region includes parts of China, Nepal, India, Burma, Bhutan, and Pakistan. Average elevation of the plateau is approximately fourteen thousand eight hundred feet (4,5ll m) with a landmass of nine hundred and seventy thousand square miles (2,512,289 sq. km). To the south of the plateau are the Himalayas, to the north the Kunlan Range and to the northeast, the Qilian range. The rugged, and in some places inhospitable, environment of the plateau includes grasslands, canyons, gorges, and glaciated mountain ranges. The region encompasses the headwaters of the Yangtze, Salween, and Mekong rivers. The region supports the Tibetan antelope, wild ass, white-lipped deer, snow leopard, wolves, Tibetan sand fox, brown bears, and large raptors such as vultures. Small farms are prevalent in parts of Tibet. Local farmers keep domesticated livestock including sheep, goats, and yak, and cultivate crops of barley, wheat, chilies, pumpkins, turnips, radishes, cabbage, and potatoes.