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Describe why the Himalayas have many folds? 

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  • Fold mountains are mountains that form mainly by the effects of folding on layers within the upper part of the Earth's crust.
  •  Before either plate tectonic theory developed, or the internal architecture of thrust belts became well understood, the term was used for most mountain belts, such as the Himalayas.
  •  The Himalayas are a prime example of how tectonic plate motion can manipulate the earth in extraordinary ways.
  •  These colliding plates resulted in the formation of the highest mountain range on the planet.
  •  Our continents are carried by a series of tectonic plates located in the earth's lithosphere.
  •  Earth's crust itself is warped into folded forms. Foldmountains are often associated with continental crust.

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