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Himalaya: Emergence and Evolution

K S Valdiya (Author)
Synopsis Himalaya is an impressive, would-class mega-landfrom, which has attracted the attention of scientists and environmentalists alike. The need for an up-to-date, albeit uncomplicated and simplified account of the geology, geological processes and evolutionary history of the Himalaya mountains has been felt for a long time. Valdiya has filled this gap. In this book he has beautifully presented an excellent summary of the findings of innumerable international and national endeavours undertaken during the last few decades to unravel the evolution of the world's highest mountain. The author has given a systematic and step-by-step account of the major geological events spread over ten chapters. The introductory chapter describes the physiographic, climatic and bio-geographical characteristics of the Himalaya mountains and sets the right tone for the following chapters that deal with specific geological events, such as the northward movement of the Indian peninsula, India-Asia collision, associated volcanic activity, emergence of the various Himalayan domains and establishment of Himalayan drainage.
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About the author

K S Valdiya

K.S. Valdiya, INSA Golden Jubilee Research Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research at Bangalore, has been a keen and active student of geodynamics of the Himalaya, environmental geology and neotectonics. With more than 45 years of experience as university teacher and researcher, he has authored nearly a hundred research papers, four scores of popular articles (mostly in Hindi) and several books. A recipient of many national awards, including the Bhatnagar Prize (1977) of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the L. Rama Rao Gold Medal (1980) of the Geological Society of India, the Pitambar Pant National Environment Fellowship (1982-84) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the D.N. Wadia Medal (1995) of the Indian National Science Academy, the National Mineral Award of Excellence (1997) of the Ministry of Mines, K.S. Valdiya is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the Third World Academy of Sciences and Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of America and The Nepal Geological Society.

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Title Himalaya: Emergence and Evolution
Author K S Valdiya
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173713979
length ix+139p., Figures ; Tables; Maps; Index;, Glossary; Appendices