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Colliding Continents

A geological exploration of the Himalaya, Karakoram, and Tibet

Mike Searle

October 2017

ISBN: 9780198798514

480 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

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Price: £18.99

Gargantuan geological forces created the spectacular mountain ranges of the Himalaya and Karakoram. Mike Searle, one of the world's most experienced field geologists, tells the scientific story, illustrating it with his own photographs, and accounts of his mountaineering and research in the region.

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Gargantuan geological forces created the spectacular mountain ranges of the Himalaya and Karakoram. Mike Searle, one of the world's most experienced field geologists, tells the scientific story, illustrating it with his own photographs, and accounts of his mountaineering and research in the region.

  • The only book on the Himalaya that explores the geological history of the region
  • Combines the science with stories of mountain climbing and travel
  • Includes spectacular colour photographs throughout
  • Provides an insight into modern day geological exploration

About the Author(s)

Mike Searle, Professor of Earth Sciences, Oxford University

Mike Searle has worked for the last 30 years on the geology of the Himalaya, Karakoram, Tibet, and Southeast Asia. He combines geological field investigations with mountaineering expeditions to the greater ranges, and has published more than 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of Geology and Tectonics of the Karakoram Mountains (Wiley-Blackwell, 1991) and has co-edited four books for the Geological Society of London. He has published a Geological Map of the Mount Everest region, Nepal and South Tibet (2003, 2007) and has given numerous talks about the region.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:Oceans and continents
    2:Continents in collision: Kashmir, Ladakh, Zanskar
    3:The dreaming spires of the Karakoram
    4:Pressure, temperature, time, and space
    5:Frozen rivers and fault lines
    6:Northwest Frontier: Kohistan, Hindu Kush, Pamirs
    7:Faces of Everest
    8:Mapping the geology of Everest and Makalu
    9:Mountains and Maoists: Annapurna, Manaslu
    10:Around the bend: Nanga Parbat, Namche Barwa
    11:Roof of the World: Tibet, Pamirs
    12:Extruding Indochina: Burma, Vietnam, Yunnan, Thailand
    13:The day the Earth shook: Sumatra-Andaman earthquake 2004
    14:The making of Himalaya, Karakoram, and Tibetan plateau
    Postscript
    Acknowledgements
    Appendix 1: Basics
    Appendix 2: Glossary
    Appendix 3: Local glossary
    Appendix 4: Chronology
    Notes
    Index

Reviews

"Beautifully illustrated." - Independent i

"Entertaining and informative, Colliding Continents is an easy read which should appeal to anyone with even a little interest in geology." - Danny Yee, dannyreviews.com

"All can learn from the master in this excellent book." - Jonathan Wright, Geographical

"There's something here to please anyone on the geology spectrum: the student wanting to understand how the fundamentals are applied; the academic intrigued by the science; the climber dreaming of virgin territory. All can learn from the master in this excellent book." - Simon Cook, Oman Daily Observer

"This is a wonderful record of Mike Searles 30 year geological explorations of the high mountains of Asia. He writes as clearly and concisely as he talks, always making huge geological dramas intelligible and interesting to the layman as well as to the expert. Whether you view the Himalaya and Karakoram as a giant exercise bar or a place for spiritual renewal, you will find this geological history of the high mountains of Asia absolutely fascinating." - Doug Scott, Climber and Amateur Geologist

"An intimate anatomy of the greatest mountain range in the planet, revealed by a geologist who has walked, scrambled and climbed over virtually every inch of it." - Iain Stewart, Geologist and Broadcaster