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Formation of the Himalayas, illustration

Formation of the Himalayas, illustration

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SPENCER SUTTON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SPENCER SUTTON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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The Himalayas started forming about 70 million years ago as a result of tectonic plate activity: the north-moving Indo-Australian Plate collided with the Eurasian Plate. In this diagram, the leading edge of the Indian plate subducts beneath the Eurasian.

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