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Himalaya-Tibet, Impact of Continental Movement

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 2002/12/23; December 23, 2002.]

PARIS' NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY PRESENTS A UNIQUE EXHIBITION ENTITLED

18th December 2002 to 4th August 2003.

Report by Bureau du Tibet, Paris.
On 23rd December 2002.

The renowned Museum of Natural History of Paris is currently showing an exhibition on the geological evolution in relations to the Himalayan regions and Tibet. This exhibition prepared by the venerable French national research board called CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) with support from the French Ministry of Research and Technology, attempts to present the formation of the Himalayan mountain chains and the Tibetan plateau and also the unique ecosystem of the regions.

Geologically, the Tibetan plateau and the young Himalayan mountain chains were formed due to the direct impact of the continuous thrust of the Indian continent towards the Asian continent. Some 85 millions of years ago, the paleontological and geological evidences show that the Indian continent (known as Gondwana ) was located near the present day Madagascar Island country in the Indian ocean. The Gondwana which began its movement some 85 million years ago, touched the Asian continent some 55 years ago, Indochina was born some 35 million of years ago while the Himalayan mountain chains some 10 million of years later, and ulitmately the Tibetan plateau took its birth some 15 million years ago.

Indeed, we learn many intersting phenomena : the Tibetan plateau continues to thrust towards north and north east, and geologically, Lhasa is approaching Shanghai by 30 meter more every thousand year.

Beyond the scientific interest of the exhibition, the development of unique civilisation of the Himalayan regions and Tibet is emphasised. The multi racial aspects and rich cultural diversity of the entire Himalayan regions stretching from northern Afghanistation to the hilly areas of the Indochina are exposed. In parallel, the rich flora and fauna of the entire Himalayan regions and the fragile but unique ecosystem of Tibet were largely explained. Audio visual materials, cartographies, pictures, etc.contribute in educating the visitors about this unique geographical and human phenomena resulting from the impact of the perpetual continental movement in the Himalayas.

Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Grande galerie de l'Evolution
36, rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire
75005 PARIS

Exhibition opens from 10 to 18 hours every day except Tuesdays.
http://www.mnhn.fr/himalaya


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