Category Archives: Himalaya

The Himalayan mountains: flow and fracture

Earth science departments are home to three styles of working, each of which¬†tries to answer similar questions, but from very different perspectives. First we have the field geologists. Armed with field gear and a hammer, they gather data from actual … Continue reading

Categories: Himalaya, metamorphism, mountains, tectonics

Sediment and sea: from the heights to the depths

This study in blues and greys and browns, this combination of fuzziness and sharp edges, where is it? It’s where land and ocean meet and mingle. A place where mud and silt and sand pause half way along an incredible … Continue reading

Categories: Great Geology in Google earth, Himalaya, mountains, sediments

The Himalaya: mountains made from mountains

Good building stones get reused. Sometimes the only traces of very old buildings are their stones, built into more modern ones. It’s the same with rocks and mountain belts. Stone that now forms parts of the Himalaya was once part … Continue reading

Categories: geochemistry, Himalaya, metamorphism, mountains, open access, tectonics

The Geology of Mount Everest

Growing up, I was mildly obsessed with Mount Everest. Even now I marvel at its wonderful geology. Looking at that, who can blame me? My youthful obsession was fuelled by books of British expeditions in the 1970s climbing it by … Continue reading

Categories: Himalaya, mountains, tectonics