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Plate T-48: Himalayan Front and Tibetan Plateau
The most profound deformational event involving the interaction of lithospheric plates is a collision between continents; for example, the collision of the Indian continent with the Eurasian continent, which began in the Eocene. This continuing collision has produced intracontinental thrust sheets responsible for the highest mountains in the world. Mount Everest, the Annapurna Range, and the rest of the Himalayas are still rising, and the region remains seismically active. This page, part of an out-of-print NASA publication entitled 'Geomorphology from Space', uses text, maps, and remotely sensed imagery to explain the relationship between plate tectonics, geologic structures, and the resulting landforms. Links to the rest of the book are provided.
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    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Map
    • Photograph
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  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
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    • Structural geology
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DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-Edmall-2741
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Geomorphology From Space'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: Steve Kempler
Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Publisher: Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)