22 November 2023
Lifelong Learning Center, Payap University, Kaew Nawarat Road
Are those Mountains around Chiang Mai part of the Himalaya?
A quick look at the geological backstory with Dr. Chris Carpenter
We in Chiangmai live next door to the highest, steepest, most dynamic mountains on Earth. The geological forces that build the Himalaya and the Tibet Plateau, and tear them down, remain active today and exert a profound effect on the landscapes of Northern Thailand.
This talk is about how the main event, India’s collision with Asia, has sculpted the Himalayan region, and how it continues to shape the mountains and rivers around us, as we are reminded by the occasional earthquake. Much we think we know is still under debate, so there will be time for discussion.
Chris Carpenter received his PhD in Biological Ecology from the University of California, Davis. He works with the Wildlands Studies Program, an academic partner of Western Washington University. His area of specialty is ecology and environmental science.
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