Saturday, August 21, 2010

Geology part two: boundries

The mighty pinnacles of the snow capped Himalayas form a natural border in north India, curving like a gigantic dinosaurs spine from the Hindu-kush and Karakoram ranges in northern Afghanistan and Pakistan, then sagging down and across Jammu and Kashmir and thrusting through Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh forming a natural border with China, Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. The Naga Hills define India’s far eastern border where they bump into Myanmar. Everything below the bands of mountains is considered the subcontinent, including Sri Lanka dripping like a tear off the southeastern tip of the peninsula. India is bounded to the west by Pakistan and engulfs Bangladesh on three sides in the east. The main part of the peninsula is surrounded by the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, and Bay of Bengal. The Lakshadweep Islands off the Malabar Coast in the south and Andaman and Nicobar Islands sprinkled out where the Bay of Bengal merges with the Andaman Sea are Indian territories.

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