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- Geologists have made a remarkable discovery of coral reef fossils at an elevation of
18,000 feet above sea level in the Burtse region, Eastern Ladakh Himalayas.
- These fossils reveal the existence of ancient coral colonies and provide insights into a
previously unknown geological past of the Burtse region, suggesting the presence of a
diverse marine ecosystem.
- The findings support the Idea that the Himalayas emerged when continental plates were
thrust out of the Tethys Sea about 40 million years ago.
- The discovery of coral reef fossils In Ladakh is significant because it indicates that this
region, now a high-altitude desert, was once submerged under a vast ocean.
- This finding offers insights into Ladakh’s geological history, the impact of tectonic
activity, and ancient climate conditions.