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India was never an island even millions of years back

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Visalakshi Ramani

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Dear Mr. R.V.R,

Even today India is not an island! Why should it have been one before?

In fact millions of years ago all the continents were attached to form a single

stretch of land.

The continents drifted away slowly and got separated over a long period of time.

Even now we can fix them together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle to form a

single stretch of land!

with warm regards,
V.R.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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Dear Mr. Raghy,

Himalayas shot up due to the force of collision of two large land masses-
not necessarily two islands!


cheers!
 

Raghy

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Sow. Visalakshi Ramani,

greetings. Indian sub-continent is a peninsula. Only northen end must have collided with an other land mass. All I am trying to say is, just before such a collision, the sub-continent must have been an island.

Cheers!
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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dear Mr. Raghy,

India could have been a peninsula or part of a peninsula even before it collided with another land mass, creating the Himalayas.

Please view the Google images under the heading 'India's position in the drifting continents'. Asia, Europe and India are all appearing together as just Eurasia.

Look at the Images of Pangeas in page 3 also!
Cheers!
V.R.
 

sangom

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Sow. Visalakshi Ramani,

greetings. Indian sub-continent is a peninsula. Only northen end must have collided with an other land mass. All I am trying to say is, just before such a collision, the sub-continent must have been an island.

Cheers!
Dear Shri Raghy,

I find, on googling, that what differentiates an island from a continent is whether it has a separate continental plate underneath. That is why Australia is classified as a continent while greenland is an island; Greenland shares the American plate.

Regarding India, it looks that it was the southern indian land mass a separate continent probably because it was a separate plate then, which collided with the Eurasian landmass in a north-easterly direction, thus creating the Shivalik ranges and then the Himalayas. So, if we take India as the land with Himalayas at its north, it was a part of the Eurasian continent only. What collided will be a continental land mass which is an island because it was surrounded on all sides by ocean.

http://library.thinkquest.org/10131/geology.html
 
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