Geology of the Carolinas

Nepal Earthquakes and Mountain Building in North Carolina

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On April 15th and May 12th 2015, Nepal was hit with two large earthquakes, killing and injuring thousands. The Himalayas are in this region, and include Mt. Everest, the highest point on Earth. They are still growing due to the forces of plate tectonics. At the same time, due to gravity and erosion, they are trying to reach equilibrium, ultimately becoming gently rolling hills like the North Carolina Piedmont. To learn more