Fossil fish have been found in the high-altitude on the Himalayas!

The Himalayas, which are also called the “Roof of the World,” is a beautiful group of mountains that rise so high that they sometimes disappear into the clouds. Some of the highest mountains in the world are in the Himalayas. Mount Everest, which is the tallest mountain on Earth at 29,029 feet, is one of them. At these heights, the air is thin and the temperatures are very high. The land is dry and brown, and it looks like this has always been the case. But marine fossils have been found in many places in the Himalayas, even though the nearest sea is hundreds of miles away. This makes one wonder how they got there.

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The high-altitude Himalayas have sediments that are full of fossils

Kee monastery in Spiti Valley, a high-altitude region of the Himalayas, is located in the northeastern part of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name “Spiti” means “The middle land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India. The sediment of this valley is rich in fossilized marine creatures.

Paleontologists from all over the world flock to the Indian valley of Spiti. There are lots of things from 540 million years ago in the valley. In Spiti, the towns of Komic, Mud, Hikkim, Langza, and Lalung are all near a belt of soil that is full of fossils. Along the bed of the Kali Gandaki River in Nepal, you can find ammonites, which are saltwater cephalopods with shells. Climbers who have made it to the top of Mount Everest have brought back rocks with sea lily fossils. It’s hard to believe that this huge area of weathered land used to be a healthy ocean bed full of fish and other sea creatures.

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Does it show that the stories in the Bible about the Great Flood are true?

a painting by Francis Danby
The Deluge (1840), a painting by Francis Danby, part of the Tate Gallery collection, which shows how horrible the Great Flood must have been, if, and when, it happened. Source: Francis Danby

Scientists have found fossilized fish on the peaks of the Himalayas. This is a big find because it shows that these high-altitude sediments were once covered by water. This new information gives us more questions to ask and shows that our planet has changed a lot over time. The idea that the Earth was once underwater is important to historians, researchers, scientists, and fans alike. It helps us understand geological processes and climate change. But it’s important to keep in mind that this discovery doesn’t show that the Bible’s stories about the Great Flood are true. There are many other things to think about.

How did sea creatures’ bones end up in the Himalayas?

Himaya range
Himalayan Ranges

To figure out how fossils of sea creatures got to the Himalayas, we need to look into the area’s geological past. The Himalayas didn’t always look like the tall rocks we see now. A huge natural event called the Continental Drift took place millions of years ago. Before this, there was no world as we know it. Instead, the countries we know today were made up of supercontinents, or huge land masses. Gondwanaland was made up of Australia, Africa, Antarctica, India, and South America. India split off from Gondwanaland about 150 million years ago and started moving north, toward Eurasia.

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The Sea of Tethys

a painting by Francis
The Deluge (1840), a painting by Francis Danby, part of the Tate Gallery collection, which shows how horrible the Great Flood must have been, if, and when, it happened. Source: Francis Danby

Between the two landmasses was the Tethys Sea, which had a lot of different kinds of sea life. It took about 100 million years for the two landmasses to crash into each other, but when they did, the force was so great that the thick crusts of both smashed together, making mountains rise out of the sea. The Himalayas were formed when the Indian peninsula and the Eurasian plate collided. They are the highest mountains in the world.

Even now, the layered rocks of the Himalayas are full of fossils of people who used to live in the Tethys Sea, as well as remains of marine plants and coral reefs. When these bones were found, they showed how the Himalayas were formed. It also shows that the way to the top of the world was once a long way down under the ocean. The Himalayas show how powerful the natural events that have happened on Earth over millions of years have been.

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The fact that marine fossils were found in the Himalayas is a big deal for the past of the Earth. The fossils found in the area give us a look into the past and help us figure out what the Earth looked like millions of years ago. The fossils also tell us a lot about how marine life has changed over time and how it has adapted to different habitats.

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