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Rann of Kutch in Expanding Thar Desert, India

25.9N 69.8E

January 27th, 2012 Category: Deserts

India - January 5th, 2012

This wide-swath ASAR image shows western India, near the border with Pakistan. Visible as a dark area at the left edge is the Rann of Kutch, is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India and the Sindh province of Pakistan. Desertification has emerged as a major
economic, social and environmental problem in the western part of India.

The Thar Desert is a large, arid region in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent and forms a natural boundary running along the border between India and Pakistan. With an area of more than 200,000 km2 (77,000 sq mi), it is the world’s 9th largest subtropical desert. It is surrounded by the Indus plains in the west, the Aravalli Range in the southeast, the Rann of Kutch in the south, and the Punjab plains in the north and northeast. Encroachment of the Thar Desert towards its Eastern boarder has become a serious problem to the adjoining districts of the desert.

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