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Veiled Skies Over the Indo-Gangetic Plain Below Himalayas, India

28.1N 79.8E

June 20th, 2010 Category: Fires, Mountains

India - June 2nd, 2010

India - June 2nd, 2010

Smoke veils the Gangetic Plain at the foot of the Himalayas in northern India, south of Nepal and Tibet, China. This area of the plain frequently appears smoky due to agricultural fires set to clear fields.

The Indo-Gangetic Plain is an extensive north-central section of the Indian subcontinent, stretching westward from (and including) the combined delta of the Brahmaputra River valley and the Ganges (Ganga) River to the Indus River valley. The region contains the subcontinent’s richest and most densely populated areas.

The greater part of the plain is made up of alluvial soil, deposited by the three main rivers and their tributaries. The eastern part of the plain has light rains or drought in the winter, but in summer rainfall is so heavy that vast areas become swamps or shallow lakes.

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