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Is Volcano Possible in Nepal?

When fear and ignorance rent on mind, rumour becomes a guest for a long time. Nepal experienced it in past few months. It was natural that people believed the rumours of earthquake predictions. Because earthquake was hitting Nepal from the time immemorial. And people had stored less information about earthquake. But I wonder how easily people ran after the rumours of volcano in Nepal whereas there had never ever been event of any volcanic eruption in the past.

‘Can volcano erupt in Nepal?’ If you ask this question to anyone who has some knowledge of volcano, you will get answer something like this:
‘’No, volcano can not erupt in Nepal.’’

If you ask why volcano can not erupt in Nepal, you can get 2 types of answers:
1. because Nepal is a mountainous country
2. because there is no sea in Nepal

Both answers give same but complete meaning. However you need to know why volcano can not erupt in a mountainous country or in a country like Nepal which lacks sea.

According to Mr. Raj Maharjan, the science and environment teacher of Abhiyan Public School, Balaju, Kathmandu, volcano is not possible in and around Nepal because of the condition that Indian plate is over thrusting Eurasian plate. When two continental plates overlap, the originated volcano can not come out. It collapses on its way within the crust forming the igneous rock.

Nepal

Mr. Sudan Lamichhane, the science teacher of Blue Wren School, Kalanki, Kathmandu says that Volcano can erupt only in the country which is on the oceanic plates not in the country like Nepal where there is no sea at all. Volcano can occur above the subduction zone. Subduction zone is the zone where oceanic plate overlaps into continental plate. But Nepal does not lie above the subduction zone. So volcano is not possible in Nepal.

So what is conclusion? I think both arguments are acceptable and they support same concept. In my personal opinion, oceanic plate has less mass and continental plate has more mass. In subduction zone, being one continental plate and another oceanic plate, mass is thin and volcanic magma easily comes outside causing volcanic eruption. But if there are both continental plates overlapping, the mass are so thick that the volcanic magma can’t come outside and it cools down and hardens. As a result it forms unique type of rock, i.e., igneous rock. And there is no volcano above the crust.

At last I want to say that ‘Why is volcano not possible in Nepal?’ is a tough question. I did not find the answer of this question even in Google Search. So I created this post trying to find out the answer. The answers given above may or may not be right. I have published it in order to get review as well as start discussion among the intellectual community. If you agree with our findings please like or share this article. If you have different opinion, do not forget to comment below to share your knowledge.
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Discovered by Don Prince

1 comment:

  1. Before about 50 million yrs ago,between Indian and Eurasian plate,Tethys sea flow.Ocean crust is present which have high density than inner crust.so it undergo subduction which lead to collision of both continental plate that result evolution of himalayan.continental plate have low density than inner crust.so it cannot go to inner depth to form magma.As magma is not formed ther e is no chance of volcanic eruption in Nepal.

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