Tectonic map of Asia. Computer artwork showing the direction of tectonic plate movements (yellow arrows) and collision zones (black toothed lines) in Asia. The World's landmasses are continually moving (plate tectonics). Until around 10 million years ago India (lower centre) was an island. As it collided with Asia, the force pushed up the Himalayas (white, lower centre) and squeezed parts of China (right) and Southeast Asia (lower right) eastwards. The collision probably caused reverse faults (small red arrows) which uplifted the Tien Shan mountains (white and brown, upper centre).
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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