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Roger Weller, geology instructor
by Tyree Brown
The Himalayas Life
Himalayas, Himalayas now when you hear this word you’re probably thinking what
the hell the Himalayas are. Well in this paper you will find out what are
the Himalayas, how they affect the environment and life. The Himalayas (Sanskrit
for abode of snow) are a mountain ranges in Asia that’s separates the plains of
Indian from the Tibetan Plateau. It stretches about 1,500 miles and goes through
the countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Bhutan, Nepal, and of Course
Indian. The Himalayas is known to have three parallel ranges referred to
Greater, Lesser and the Outer Himalayas.
The Himalayas are also rich in biodiversity ranging from the Montane Grasslands,
Coniferous Forest, Tropical and Sub-Tropical Broadleaf Forest. In addition
to these grasslands and forests the Himalayas are home to three major river
sources for the continent of Asia. These three rivers are called Indus, Yangtze
and Ganga-Brahmaputra if it was not for the Himalayas then these three rivers
would not be here and not a major resource for Asia. The Himalayas is the
third largest deposit of ice and snow in the world of course after Antarctica
and the Arctic. There are approximately 15,000 glaciers in the mountain range,
at 48 miles the Himalayan Siachen glacier is the largest outside the poles.
Other glaciers in the Himalayas that are notable include Biafo, Hispur, Baltoro,
of the Himalayas
The Himalaya mountain range is the only mountain range that is constantly having
two plates collide with each other. Because the movement of India and the
pressure it keeps putting on the Asian continent makes Tibet in turn presses on
the landmass to north hemming it in. These causes make the plate-tectonics
collide together which generates non-stop earthquakes in the mountain range.
As you can see in the diagram the Indian plate is moving north and east while
the Eurasian plate is stationary which is causing the two to collide. The
Himalayas is constantly on the moves and will keeping moving until the plates
stop ramming into each other. Even though the Himalayas can be beautiful they
can also be dangerous too.
What most people do not know about the Himalayas is that it’s the home of some
very important mountains and valleys. Especially one mountain in
particular and this mountain everyone knows as Mount Everest. The Himalayas is
the home of the most legendary, and talk about mountain and that is Mount
Everest. Everest is 29,029ft tall (8,848) not only it’s the largest peak
in the Himalayas, but it’s the largest peak on the entire planet the freaking
entire planet! Mount Everest can be seen used in tons of movies made
throughout the years, and people climb to the top of Mount Everest for the fun
it. Another, additional facts that most people do not know about the
Himalayas is that it’s one of the youngest mountain ranges on earth. Also,
the Nepalese call Mt. Everest “Samgarmatha” which means “Goddess of the
Universe” or Forehead of the Sky”
Civilization in the Himalaya region varies in many different ways. The Indic
civilization is dominated by the caste system. Its main religion happens
to be the Bon religion which is a Tibetan religion form of Buddhism. However,
due to the terrain and location of the Himalayas technology is not modern as it
is in other countries. Due to the isolation because of the Himalayas the people
in the region have to rely on hunting and gathering food to stay alive.
Also due to the weather of the Himalayas it is hard to grow crops, which causes
some populations starve to death. Living in the Himalayas can be cruel,
challenging, and exciting it depends on how one lives their life.
Minerals in the Himalayas range from little to a lot since it’s a huge mountain
range. However, there is five minerals that appear the most and is most
common to us here in the United States. Those five minerals are copper,
zinc, nickel and cobalt, the Himalayas is also known for its famous pink salt.
Pink salt is use in many dishes and is also used to: reduce the signs of aging,
promotes better sleep patterns, increases hydration, strengthen bones, and
lowers blood pressure etc. Pink salt is a valuable product from the
Himalayas and the most used mineral out there. The Himalayas also produced most
the world’s nature resources due to its many landscapes and forests.
Animals in the Himalayan mountains range is vast and huge ranging from boars to
leopars or even sheep. However, the Himalayan mountain range is famous for its 7
amazing animals. These 7 animals are: 7 wild boar, 6 Himalayan Blue Sheep, 5
Himalayan Black Bear, 4 Himalayan Monal, 3 Himalayan Tahr, 2 Red Panda, and 1
Snow Leopard. Some of these animals can only be found in the Himalayan mountains
range especially the tahr, red panda, and Monals. The Himalayan mountain range
is a beautiful peace of land created, supporting everything and anything it can.
As mentioned before in the previous paragraphs the Himalayas is a vast and beautiful mountain range that can support wonderful life. It is also a mountain range home to the tallest mountain peaks, and one of the youngest ones too. The Himalayas no matter what will not let anything down and well be one the most looked and observed by geologists. The Himalayas are an interesting place to study and a great masterpiece of art created by God himself. Now that you been taken through the journey of the Himalayas now you know its life.