Colliding Continents: A geological exploration of the Himalaya, Karakoram, and Tibet

Hardcover | June 10, 2013

byMike Searle

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The crash of the Indian plate into Asia is the biggest known collision in geological history, and it continues today. The result is the Himalaya and Karakoram - one of the largest mountain ranges on Earth. The Karakoram has half of the world's highest mountains and a reputation as being one of the most remote and savage ranges of all. In this beautifully illustrated book, Mike Searle, a geologist at the University of Oxford and one of the most experienced field geologists of our time, presents a rich account of the geological forces that were involved in creating these mountain ranges. Using his personal accounts of extreme mountaineering and research in the region, he pieces together the geological processes that formed such impressive peaks.

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The crash of the Indian plate into Asia is the biggest known collision in geological history, and it continues today. The result is the Himalaya and Karakoram - one of the largest mountain ranges on Earth. The Karakoram has half of the world's highest mountains and a reputation as being one of the most remote and savage ranges of all. ...

Mike Searle has worked for the last 30 years on the geology of the Himalaya, Karakoram, Tibet, and Southeast Asia. He combines geological field investigations with mountaineering expeditions to the greater ranges, and has published more than 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of Geology and Tectonics of the Karakora...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:452 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.98 inPublished:June 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199653003

ISBN - 13:9780199653003

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Table of Contents

Preface 1. Oceans and continents 2. Continents in collision: Kashmir, Ladakh, Zanskar 3. The dreaming spires of the Karakoram 4. Pressure, temperature, time, and space 5. Frozen rivers and fault lines 6. Northwest Frontier: Kohistan, Hindu Kush, Pamirs 7. Faces of Everest 8. Mapping the geology of Everest and Makalu 9. Mountains and Maoists: Annapurna, Manaslu 10. Around the bend: Nanga Parbat, Namche Barwa 11. Roof of the World: Tibet, Pamirs 12. Extruding Indochina: Burma, Vietnam, Yunnan, Thailand 13. The day the Earth shook: Sumatra-Andaman earthquake 2004 14. The making of Himalaya, Karakoram, and Tibetan plateau Postscript Acknowledgements Appendix 1: Basics Appendix 2: Glossary Appendix 3: Local glossary Appendix 4: Chronology Notes Index