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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”.

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