Arakan Mountains

Arakan Mountains
Rakhine Mountains
Arakan Mountains is located in Burma
Arakan Mountains
The Arakan Mountains are an elongated range in Western Burma
Highest point
Peak Mount Victoria
Elevation 3,094 m (10,151 ft)
Coordinates 21°25′46.36″N 93°49′10.75″E / 21.4295444°N 93.8196528°E / 21.4295444; 93.8196528
Naming
Native name ရခိုင်ရိုးမ (Arakan Yoma)
Geography
Country Burma
State Rakhine State
Range coordinates 21°16′N 93°57′E / 21.27°N 93.95°E / 21.27; 93.95

The Arakan Mountains (Arakan Range, Rakhine Range, Rakhine Yoma , Arakan Yoma, Rakhine Roma, Arakan Roma; Burmese: ရခိုင်ရိုးမ) is a mountain range in western Burma (Myanmar), between the coast of Rakhine State and the Central Burma Basin, in which flows the Irrawaddy River. It is the most prominent of a series of parallel ridges that arc through Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram and Burma. The Arakan Mountains run from Cape Negrais in the south in to the Manipur State of India in the north. They include the Naga Hills, the Chin Hills, and the Patkai range which includes the Lushai Hills.[1] These mountains are submerged in Bay of Bengal for sufficiently long stretch and emerges again in the form of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Geology and formation

The Arakan Mountains and the parallel arcs to the west and east were formed by compression as the Indian Plate collided with the Eurasian Plate approximately along the boundary between India and Nepal.[2][3]

High points

The Arakan Mountain Range is over 600 miles (950 km) long,[1] with about 250 miles (400 km) of actual mountains. The highest point in the range is Nat Ma Taung (or Mount Victoria) at 3,094 metres (10,151 ft).

Infrastructure

The Arakan Mountains are crossed by the An route to Ngape and Minbu and by an all-weather road from Taungup to Pyay on the Irrawaddy.

History

The Arakan Mountains divide the Rakhine coast from the rest of Burma, and thus have acted as a barrier between the peoples of central Burma and those of the Indian subcontinent. This played a role in fostering the separate development of the Rakhine people, both linguistically and culturally, from the Burmese. the Arakan Mountains also served as a barrier inhibiting Burmese invasions, and allowing Arakan to develop as an separate political entity. Thus the coastal cities, such as Mrauk U and Waithali, formed the core of Arakan civilization.

There were fierce battles in these mountains between January 1943 and March 1944 during the Japanese conquest of Burma. The Japanese 33rd and 55th Divisions faced the British military on the coastal side of the range.

Ecology

The Arakan Mountains act as a barrier to the southwestern monsoon rains and thus shield the central Myanmar area, making their western slopes extraordinarily wet during the monsoon with typically over 1 metre (39 in) of rain per month, and the eastern slopes much drier.[1] They include the Chin Hills-Arakan Yoma montane forests ecoregion which is home to an elephant population and also the critically endangered Arakan Forest Turtle which was considered extinct.[4]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c "Rakhine Mountains". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 9 Nov 2013. 
  2. ^ See Geology of India#Plate tectonics for more detail.
  3. ^ Akhtar, Mohammad S. et al. (2010) "Structural Style and Deformation History of Assam & Assam Arakan Basin, India: from Integrated Seismic Study" (adapted from oral presentation at AAPG Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado, June 7–10, 2009)
  4. ^ Asian Turtle Trade Working Group (2000). Heosemys depressa. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Listed as Critically Endangered (CR A2cd, B1+2c v2.3)

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