Formation of the Himalayas. Artwork showing a sequence of four images of the Indian landmass (yellow) colliding with Asia to form the Himalayas mountain range, which contains the highest and youngest mountains on Earth. Plate tectonics caused the Indo-Australian Plate (moving north) to collide with the Eurasian Plate. This collision began around 70 million years ago, during the Cretaceous. From bottom to top, the time periods shown for the positions of the Indian landmass are 71 million years ago, 55 million years ago, 38 million years ago, and the modern era. North of the Indian landmass is the Tibetan plateau.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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