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Salt Marshes of the Rann of Kutch, India and Pakistan – November 29th, 2011

24.0N 70.1E

November 29th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Wetlands

India - November 22nd, 2011

The alternating green and white areas in the center of this image are the seasonal salt marshes of the Rann of Kutch. Located in the Thar Desert in India and Pakistan, the flat desert of salty clay and mudflats, averaging 15 meters above sea level, fills with standing waters during India’s summer monsoon.

These waters, interspersed with sandy islets of thorny scrub, create breeding grounds for some of the largest flocks of Greater and Lesser Flamingoes, and make the Rann of Kutch an important wildlife sanctuary. Visible south of the Rann is the Gulf of Kutch, appearing milky green from sediments.

 

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