Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Himalayas Have Stopped Growing

Chinese geologists have scotched the general belief that the Himalayas, especially it's main peak, Mount Everest, is steadily growing every year. They reached the conclusion that the Himalayan mountain range has stopped growing after a recent comprehensive scientific exploration in the region. The Himalayas was the result of the crash and extrusion of Indian Plate and Eurasian Plate which started 65 million years ago. "We used to think that it would keep rising as long as the extrusion would continue, but in the exploration, we found several north-south valleys, which suggested the tensile force from the movement of Eurasian Plate itself," geologist, Bian Qiantao said.


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