The mighty Himalayas are only a wonder to ponder! The commencement of its giganticness and immensity is simply beyond imagination but thanks to the studies, the truth of the Himalayas being formed of a “productive” collision of Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates has been established to give our curiosity a relief.
The Himalayas spread 1,600 miles across various South Asian countries like India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan and Tibet, and homes 9 out of the 14 highest peaks in the world. The facts got you interested? Then check out these 15 Truths about the mighty Himalayas.
1. 70 Million Years “New”
The size could be deceptive as the Himalayas are the youngest mountains in the world, ironically, “only” 70 million years old.
2. The Tallest
Himalayas are the tallest mountains in the world consisting of highest peaks of the world like Mount Everest, K2, Kanchenjunga, etc.
3. They’re Rising
The mighty doesn’t stop with being the tallest. They are rising with the speed of 20mm per year, enough to cause major earthquakes and tremors.
4. Sea-life Fossils = Below Sea Level
The Himalayas have been discovered having rocks of fossilized sea flora and fauna, meaning that they have literally emerged from below the earth.
5. Rivers For Billions
The Himalayas is the source of many great rivers like Ganga, Brahmaputra, Indus, etc. and through them provides freshwater to 1.5 billion people of the world.
6. Abode Of Snow, Literally
The word “Himalaya” has been derived from 2 Sanskrit words: ‘hima’ meaning Snow and ‘a-laya’ meaning Abode. None can deny, it literally is an abode of snow.
7. 3rd Largest Deposit Of Snow
After the two extreme polar of the earth, i.e. Antarctica and Arctic, Himalayas contains the largest deposit of ice and snow, which is commendable for its location.
8. Crystal Clear Glaciers
The Himalayas is home to snow above 5,500 km. Sea level that NEVER melts and hence, it has huge freshwater glaciers, some stretching for shocking 70 km.
9. Nepal’s Sagarmatha
Himalayas are often referred to as “Sagarmatha” by the Nepalese, meaning “Goddess of the Universe” or “Forehead of the Sky”. Quite symbolic of country which is 75% Himalayas.
10. Mythological Aspects
According to the Hindu beliefs, Himalayas is the home of Lord Shiva i.e Mount Kailash and many other Gods. It also holds great mythological significance in religions like Buddhism and Islam.
11. Majorly Affect Earth’s Climate
Himalayas, though concentrated in South Asia affects not only the climate of the bordering countries but also the whole planet, by changing and giving directions to winds, rains etc.
12. First Climbers
Himalayas’ Mouth Everest was first achieved as recently as in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, where Tenzing buried his daughter’s red and blue pencils.
13. Record Climbers
Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi have each ascended the Everest - impressive and inspiring 21 times. They hold a joint world record for the same.
14. Death Rate 9%
Himalayas are not easy, not at all, not for all. It has claimed the life of 9% of the climbers, 150 people till now, who came with the dream of achieving it.
15. Exotic Wildlife
Himalayas has one of the most exotic wildlife on the planet, containing snow leopards, mountain goats, musk deer, Tibetan sheep etc.
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