Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat

The Himalayas are the product of a collision between two continental plates (India and Eurasia, because of the continental drift explained above). The collision continues today, and the Himalayas are still rising. Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth is rising about 4 millimeters per year on average. But, Nanga Parbat, the western-most peak of the Himalayas, the world’s ninth-highest at 8,126 meters (26,660 ft) above sea level, is growing faster than any other sizable region on Earth (at a rate of 7 mm/year).

Today, Mount Everest’s peak is 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) above sea level. With a simple calculation, after around 241,000 years from now (just a blink of an eye in the geological scale), Nanga Parbat will be the world’s highest mountain. Photo: Tahsin Anwar Ali, own work (wikipedia)

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