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The dizzying peaks of Asia's Himalaya, the world's highest, provide some of Earth's most spectacular scenery. Towering mountain ranges are built when two plates converge. Today's Himalaya began to rise when an entire ocean basin was consumed, or subducted, bringing two continents together in a mighty collision that is still ongoing. The products of a similar collision of continents, more than 300 million years ago, are evident in the much eroded Appalachian Mountains of the eastern U.S.


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