Monday, February 21, 2011
Surprised? Once you go through this post you won’t be! As I mentioned in my last post, I love to relate history with geology, and that is exactly what I am going to do here. At first it seems like there is no link between the two widely different subjects- History and Geology. However, when we take a closer look we do see that geology – the history of earth – has influenced the history of mankind ever since the species was born. We know how tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes and floods have affected our lives. Had there been no Himalayas to source the rivers of Indus and Ganges, the great ancient Indian civilizations would have never existed. But what I am speaking about in this post has much greater influence in shaping our history. Had the orientations of our landmasses, shaped by plate tectonics, been different, the history of mankind would have been totally different. A slight reorientation of plates and it would have been the Africans, and not the Europeans, leading the world.