Geologic Investigations in the Himalaya
The Himalaya formed during the collision of the Indian and Asian tectonic plates that began 50 million years ago. The building of the Himalaya has involved a dynamic interplay between crustal thickening, as a result of collision between these two tectonic plates, and crustal thinning and extension.
This talk discusses the formation of the Himalaya and the causes of crustal extension in this mountain range that formed due to collision.
Jackie M. Langille is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
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