The Trampoline Effect

a) A person standing on a trampoline pushes down on the trampoline, which in turn pulls the frame down and toward the center.

b) Similarly, water and debris from the summer monsoons push down on the Ganges River Basin, which in turn pulls the Indian Plate down and away from the Eurasian plate.

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