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Golden Spires II | by The  Wandering Hermit
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Golden Spires II

Evening Light on some Rock Spires on the trek to Stok Kangri in Ladakh.


Looking at these rock spire like structures it is unbelievable to conceive that they were owe their formation to a cataclysmic event when even the continents weren't yet formed. The Indian Subcontinental Tectonic Plate crashed into the Eurasian Tectonic Plate which created these weird rock folds



Ladakh was like an isle caught between colliding continents. Sandwiched between India and Asia, Ladakh was lifted high into the air, as the Indian plate plowed under the Eurasian plate (a process which continues to this date)

Then rent by seismic upwelling that transformed sea bottom into the towering Zanskar ranges that, like honeycombs, embraced dozens of deep valleys forming the Shyok Suture Zone.


Another area of Ladakh where you see such weird folding is the terrain around Lamayuru (where more telling and weird rock formations mark the popularly known Moon Scape landscape)

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Taken on September 14, 2008