India on a collision course to Madagascar, Somalia; Know what happens to Mumbai!
Scientists predict tectonic plate movements will push Somalia, Madagascar against India in 200 million years!
India is on a collision course to the Madagascar, Somalia! Based on simulations done by scientists, Earth's tectonic plate movements will likely push the Madagascar islands and Somalia towards India. While the coastal cities of Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai will remain, the Arabian Sea will be replaced by the Somalian mountains in the next 200 million years.
A research paper published in the American Journal of Science by Utrecht University geologist Prof. Douwe van Hinsbergen and his team predict how the Indian subcontinent evolves over the next 200 million years. Based on their data, they have prepared a simulation model that shows outcomes, where Mumbai will be at the foot of the “Somalaya Mountains”; a mountain range along India's western coast.
India to be surrounded by another mountain range
The simulation shows the Easter part of Africa breaking up from the African continent and drifting towards India. While the Indian subcontinent stays alive, the broken sections of Somalia, Madagascar, Kenya, and others will reach the western shores of India.
As a result, the tectonic plate movement will give rise to a large mountain range along the western coast, with Mumbai at its foot (similar to how New Delhi is at the foot of Himalayas). Sri Lanka is engulfed by the Somalayan range as well. All of this happens in 200 million years!
Will humanity be around to watch all of this? We don't know! Such drastic changes to Earth's geography is likely to be caused by massive Earthquakes and Tsunamis, which humans will need to tackle intelligently. We could all be floating around in space station as Earth gets its cosmetic surgery done.
“You will get a depression in southwest India, from Trivandrum all the way to Karachi. And the Horn of Africa which includes Somalia will override or bulldoze over southwest India and make this big mountain belt,” explained Dr. van Hinsbergen in a conversation with Indian Express.