The Himalayan range rises up to a maximum height of 29,029 ft and is home to some of the highest peaks in the world.
Forming a 2400 km arc, the range was lifted up by the collision of the Indian tectonic plate and the Eurasian plate. But none of this happened over night. Taking over 70 million years to rise to its present height, watch as the Himalayas form in just a little more than two minutes.
As the Indian plate continues to move horizontally below the Tibetan plateau, the plateau continues to move upwards. Moving at the rate of 67 mm per year, the Indian plate will move 1500 km into Asia in the next 10 million years. About 20 mm of this phenomenon is absorbed by the southern front of the Himalayas resulting in the range rising by 5 mm per year.
Spanning three countries, India, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Pakistan, three of the world’s major rivers, the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra also rise from the Himalayas.
In this animated recreation of how this geological marvel came to be born, the good folks at National Geographic show just why all great things take time to happen. The goosebumps-inducing video is also a humble reminder of how small we all are in nature’s scheme of things and just why we should be in complete and utter awe of every single natural phenomenon around us.
What you see (below) in under three minutes in fact took 70 million years to happen in real life.
It is not just the most awe-inducing video you will see today, it is also the most humbling one.