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Archive of past discussions on page naming[edit]

Several discussions have previously taken place regarding the name of this page. Please review the archive for finding out why the current name is being used. RedWolf (talk) 17:32, 27 December 2009 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was no consensus to move. --RegentsPark (talk) 11:36, 8 May 2010 (UTC)

HimalayasHimalaya — The term Himalaya is used throughout the article: "The Himalaya Range", "Lesser Himalaya", and "Greater Himalaya"; as well as on other pages Geology of the Himalaya.IceBlade710 (talk) 07:55, 30 April 2010 (UTC)

  • Note Sierra Nevada (U.S.) is given in the singular, even though many call it the "Sierra Nevadas", which is actually incorrect Spanish, but that's another story. There's some inconsistency here. But "Himalayas" is likely the common name in English, even though it's not technically correct. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 02:30, 1 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose it is commonly used with the "s". 70.29.208.247 (talk) 11:33, 1 May 2010 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Himalayas versus Himalaya[edit]

Even though I noticed that this issue has already been discussed in several opportunities, with a consensus to keep the name "Himalayas", this really sounds as an aberration to stick to this naming. Currently most scientific publications in English use the term "Himalaya" without "s", which does also correspond to the naming in other languages.

I would strongly recommend to change the name to "Himalaya", and I guess it will just be a question of time until the most conservative voices will change their mind! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Pseudois (talkcontribs) 14:43, 29 July 2010 (UTC)


Himalaya is a single entity just as Karakoram or Europe or Africa are. Does anyone go to Europes or the Karakorams? They don't go to the "Himalayas" either. If the plural "Himalayas" exists, can anyone point out several instances of an individual Himalaya? Of course not. The correct term is logically & obviously "Himalaya".

Misspellings such as this only serve to lower the reputation of Wikipedia. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 203.101.250.143 (talk) 18:30, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

The word Himalaya breaks down into Hi-ma: Snow and A-la-ya: Abode. When combined it becomes "Abode of the snow". Now, if you were to write a word to indicate several abodes of snow, the rules of sanskrit dictate that the word Himalaya remain as it is. "Himalaya" being a sanskrit word is not subject to the rules of English language. Hence, the correct form is indeed "Himalaya". — Preceding unsigned comment added by Alxndrdegrt (talkcontribs) 07:42, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

Neutral point of view[edit]

I have restored a neutral point of view in the first line of the article, which should not be used to further a particular opinion. Both spellings, Himalayas and Himalaya, have been used by various respected authors in the titles and texts of numerous scholarly works. It is tendentious to suggest that one form is correct and the other incorrect. Apuldram (talk) 14:23, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

"invisible" vandalism?[edit]

Something is strange about one of the sections of the article on the Himalayas.

In the Ecology section ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himalayas#Ecology ), a vandal has inserted "SUCH WOW MANY WORDS" in one of the sentences: "This diversity of altitude, SUCH WOW MANY WORDS rainfall and soil conditions combined with the very high snow line supports a variety of distinct plant and animal communities."

However, when I try to edit either that section or the main article, the intrusive words do not appear in the Edit text-box. How is it that vandalism can be visible, yet invisible to an Edit session?

Thanks for any info on this... Silverhill (talk) 23:00, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

I tried rolling it back, then refreshed, and, on my computer at least, it's gone now.--Mr Fink (talk) 23:13, 5 February 2014 (UTC)
OK, it now looks proper for me too. Curious, it is....

Silverhill (talk) 04:51, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

Third largest deposit of ice and snow in the world?[edit]

From the Hydrology section: "The Himalayas have the third largest deposit of ice and snow in the world, after Antarctica and the Arctic." yet the number given is more than 200 times smaller than the one given on Greenland ice sheet. Khrister (talk) — Preceding undated comment added 18:36, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

The Greenland ice sheet is in the Arctic. Apuldram (talk) 20:35, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

How a mountain range 'runs'[edit]

I apologise if this is the wrong place for this question, but why say that the range 'runs, west-northwest to east-southeast' rather than ESE to WNW? Plarstic (talk) 14:50, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

I don't know if this is the original reason. It may have been for consistency within the lead section of the article. The other references to compass points aren't abbreviated and to replace them all with single letters would (imo) look odd. Apuldram (talk) 16:09, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, I must have confused you a bit. My question would be better phrased: why not east-southeast to west-northwest rather than the (opposite) order given in the article? I thought maybe it was something to do with altitude, but I don't actually know. :)Plarstic (talk) 17:51, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
Documents are normally read from top to bottom, left to right. So in the map provided, which has north at the top, that becomes north to south, west to east. Apuldram (talk) 09:21, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for replying. Plarstic (talk) 12:02, 26 April 2014 (UTC)
Just noticed this discussion. I would have assumed it was just the personal preferences of the editors and source authors. The left-to-right, top-to-bottom rule-of-thumb would fail to help with a range running NE to SW / SW to NE. In the article Appalachian Mountains the range is described as "...running from the island of Newfoundland 1,500 mi (2,400 km) southwestward to Central Alabama in the United States" (NE to SW). That's top-to-bottom but also right-to-left. --RacerX11 Talk to meStalk me 14:19, 26 April 2014 (UTC)
  • I think it would also be the preference/bias of the editor. Since I live in the Western half of North America, I tend to prefer saying west to east because of my geographical perspective but also as above, left to right. For those on the Eastern half, they may prefer east to west but that's only conjecture of my part. I don't believe there's any Wikipedia standard/guidelines that dictates the "correct" order but I could be wrong. RedWolf (talk) 07:18, 29 April 2014 (UTC)