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Visakhapatnam and Hills of the Eastern Ghats, India

17.6N 83.2E

April 3rd, 2011 Category: Mountains

India - April 3rd, 2011

The city of Visakhapatnam appears as a bright green area along the coast of India in this APM image. The city is nestled among the hills of the Eastern Ghats and faces the Bay of Bengal to the east.

Visakhapatnam is a major port and the second largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh, as well as the third largest city on the east coast of India.

Eastern Ghats and Chilka Lake, in India’s Orissa State

19.7N 85.3E

February 26th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

India - January 26th, 2010

India - January 26th, 2010

The brown mountains visible just inland of India’s eastern coast are part of the Eastern Ghats, which run from West Bengal state in the north, through Orissa and Andhra Pradesh to Tamil Nadu in the south. Most of the mountains visible here are in the state of Orissa (Odisha). Deomali at 1672 m is the highest point of the state.

Also near the coast, in the upper right quadrant, is Chilka Lake (Chilika Lake), a brackish water lagoon. It is spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Orissa state on the east coast of India, at the mouth of the Daya River, flowing into the Bay of Bengal. It is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest lagoon in the world.

Eastern Ghats Parallel to Bay of Bengal in Central-Eastern India

18.7N 82.6E

February 8th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Rivers

India - January 26th, 2010

India - January 26th, 2010

The dark brown area parallel to the coast in this image of central-eastern India is part of the Eastern Ghats, a discontinuous range of mountains along India’s eastern coast.

The Eastern Ghats run from West Bengal state in the north, through Orissa (Odisha) and Andhra Pradesh (both visible here) to Tamil Nadu in the south. The mountain ranges run parallel to the Bay of Bengal.

The Deccan Plateau lies to the west of the range, between the Eastern Ghats and Western Ghats. The coastal plains lies between the Eastern Ghats and the Bay of Bengal.

A range of low hills lie between the Krishna River (furthest south, near bottom) and the Godavari River (just up the coast from the former), but north of the Godavari the Eastern Ghats increase again in height, forming the boundary between Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

The Eastern Ghats and Rivers, Central India

February 3rd, 2009 Category: Rivers

Eastern central India - January 22nd, 2009

Eastern central India - January 22nd, 2009

The Eastern Ghats are a discontinuous range of mountains along India’s eastern coast. They run from the West Bengal state in the north, through Orissa and Andhra Pradesh (the region in the upper half of the image) to Tamil Nadu in the south.

They are eroded and cut through by the four major rivers of southern India, the Godavari, Mahanadi, Krishna, and Kaveri. The Godavari River can be seen at the bottom center.

Other secondary rivers are visible as well, including the Vamsadhara River, to the North in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, and the Sabari River, further inland, running parallel to the coastline. All of the rivers appear tan colored due to sediments.

The mountain ranges run parallel to the Bay of Bengal. Between the two there is an area of coastal plains. These plains appear green or greenish brown, whereas the mountains are darker brown in color.

The Deccan Plateau lies to the west of the range, between the Eastern Ghats and Western Ghats. The Eastern Ghats are not as high as the Western Ghats, although they are older.

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Biligiriranga Hills and Kaveri River, India

11.9N 77.1E

March 9th, 2011 Category: Mountains, Rivers

India - February 18th, 2011

The Biligiriranga Hills run vertically across this APM image. They are a hill range situated in south-eastern Karnataka, at its border with Tamil Nadu in South India. The hills link the Eastern Ghats and the Western Ghats and form a distinctly unusual ridge running north-south, rising to heights of 1800 m.

Running across the upper part of the image, just north of the Biligiriranga Hills, is the Kaveri River. The river originates in the Western Ghats in the state of Karnataka, flows generally south and east through Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, across the southern Deccan plateau through the southeastern lowlands, and finally empties into the Bay of Bengal.

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