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Uplift of the Himalayas

The collision between the Indian and Eurasian plates has pushed up the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau.

What is the result of this geospheric phenomenon on the other spheres?

There would be a desert on the backside of the mountain.

Environments would change and the biodiversity would thus change as well.

Earthquakes increase and volcanic eruptions stop as subduction stops.

Increased erosion with mountain uplift and thus increased sediments being deposited on the ocean floor.

Cartoon cross sections showing the meeting of these two plates before and after their collision. The reference points (small squares) show the amount of uplift of an imaginary point in the Earth's crust during this mountain-building process.

All images courtesy of the USGS.

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