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Dust Over Mouth of Indus River – January 1st, 2013

22.5N 69.9E

January 1st, 2013 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day, Rivers, Wetlands

India and Pakistan – December 28th, 2012

A dust storm that has been blowing off the coast of Iran and Pakistan sends dust and sand particles over the mouth of the Indus River and over the Arabian Sea. Over land, the dust hangs in the air by the Pakistan-India border, partially veiling the Rann of Kutch wetlands and the Gulf of Kutch to their south. The gulf of Khambhat, in the lower right corner, remains unaffected.

Smoke Over Indus River Valley, Pakistan and India – November 14th, 2012

28.6N 69.7E

November 14th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

India and Pakistan – November 13th, 2012

As fires continue to blaze in northern India  (click here for previous images), smoke drifts across the border with Pakistan and hangs over the Indus River Valley. The valley is partially visible through the veil of smoke, appearing as a thick, greenish band. In the upper right quadrant, the Himalayas can be seen, providing a barrier that prevents the smoke from spreading northward.

Indus River Valley and Rann of Kutch, Pakistan – October 10th, 2011

24.5N 68.0E

October 10th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Rivers, Wetlands

Pakistan - October 6th, 2011

The lower stretches of the Indus River Valley appear as a wide, green, S-shaped line crossing Pakistan. The river itself can be seen in the center of the vegetation, as a thick, tan line due to the sediments it carries.

Southeast of the river is the Rann of Kutch, a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India and the Sindh province of Pakistan. Although it often appears as a series of white salt flats, here it appears to be inundated and thus has a predominately teal color.

Rann of Kutch Near Indus River, Pakistan and India – December 11th, 2010

24.0N 70.1E

December 11th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Salt Flats, Sediments, Wetlands

Pakistan and India - December 10th, 2010

The Great Rann of Kutch appears as a greyish white and green area on the India-Pakistan border between the Indus River Valley and the sediment-laden Gulf of Kutch. The Rann is a seasonal salt marsh, bordered by grasslands on its southern edge, that stretches over 30,000 square kilometres (10,000 sq mi) between the gulf and the mouth of the Indus River.

The flat desert of salty clay and mudflats is also a wildlife sanctuary that fills with standing waters during India’s monsoon. At that time, the area becomes a breeding ground for large flocks of Greater and Lesser flamingos. However, during the flooding other wildlife including the Indian Wild Ass shelters on islands of higher ground within the Rann called “bets”.

Pakistan and the Indus River Valley – April 12th, 2009

April 12th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Pakistan - April 6th, 2009

Pakistan - April 6th, 2009

Pakistan is a country located in South Asia and borders Central Asia and the Middle East.  It is bordered by Afghanistan and Iran in the west, the Republic of India in the east and the People’s Republic of China in the far northeast.

It has a 1,046 kilometre (650 mile) coastline along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in the south.

Pakistan covers 340,403 square miles (881,640 km2). Its eastern regions are located on the Indian tectonic plate and the western and northern regions on the Iranian plateau and Eurasian landplate.

The northern and western highlands of Pakistan contain the towering Karakoram and Pamir mountain ranges, which include some of the world’s highest peaks. The Baluchistan Plateau lies to the west, and the Thar Desert and an expanse of alluvial plains, the Punjab and Sind, lie to the east.

The 1,000-mile-long (1,609-km) Indus River and its tributaries flow through the country from the Kashmir region to the Arabian Sea. The Indus River Valley is visible here as a thick, green curved line reaching the sea near Karachi.