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Science Monitor: 7 November 2020

Science Monitor: 7 November 2020

1. Newly identified tectonically active zone in Himalayas

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Scientists from the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, an autonomous institute of the Department of science and technology based in Dehradun have gained new knowledge about the Indus suture zone in the Ladakh region which was thought to be a locked or tectonically inactive area. A new study carred out by the institute indicates that this zone has been active since thousands of years and this finding is likely to impact not only earthquake study but also our understanding regarding the evolution of mountain chains like the Himalayas.