Is Asia Being Stuffed Under Tibet?

11 05 2007

The leader of an international collaborative seismic project says the Himalayas were formed when India pushed into the Tibetan plateau, and that Asia may be doing the same. Cornell geologist Larry Brown points to the mountain range as an example of what happens when continents collide and surimises that Asia is being “stuffed” under then northern part of the Tibetan plateau.

The researchers have been using echo sounding, which is the same basic technology used to map the ocean bottom and explore for oil and gas. In Tibet, the scientists set up explosions that generate sound waves, whose echoes off the deep rock layers are recorded and analyzed.

Read the whole article at PhysOrg.com

Source: Cornell University


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