The Himalaya Connection
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The collision zone of the massive Indian and Asian tectonic plates is one of the most seismically active places on Earth. These plates trace an arc beneath the Himalaya Mountains and run south below the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta, an area that is inhibited by millions of people. THE HIMALAYA CONNECTION follows earth scientists working in seven countries who are urgently investigating this high-risk zone. Their painstaking work leads them to uncover an enormous, dangerous, and previously unknown earthquake fault.
Shot in Nepal, Bhutan, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mongolia, and China, THE HIMALAYA CONNECTION explores the dramatic and far-reaching effects of the plates crashing below the Himalayas on the region’s geology, climate, and the lives of billions of people. The film explores how the Indian-Asian plate collision created the Earth’s highest mountain range—the Himalayas—and some of Earth’s largest rivers—the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Indus. These rivers flow from the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau to sustain 45% of all the people in the world—billions of people. Yet the rich benefits they give to humanity are coupled with great risks: major earthquakes, frequent flooding, landslides and erosion.
THE HIMALAYA CONNECTION shows how the devastating Nepal earthquake of 2015 spurred intensified efforts by scientists to better understand earthquake processes and to successfully push for stronger defensive measures throughout the region. A sense of urgency in the scientists’ research builds to the climax of the film, when a group of seismologists and geologists working in Bangladesh and northeastern India discover a gigantic earthquake fault, previously unknown, which is actively building up strain across a landscape that is home to 140 million people. This will be the first time this extremely dangerous earthquake risk is presented in a television documentary.
Produced by Earth Images Foundation, 2017.