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Salt Marshes of the Great Rann of Kutch, India and Pakistan

24.0N 70.1E

December 22nd, 2011 Category: Salt Flats, Wetlands

India and Pakistan - December 17th, 2011

The Great 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. The name “Rann” comes from the Hindi word ran meaning “salt marsh”.

The Great Rann of Kutch, along with the Little Rann of Kutch and the Banni grasslands on its southern edge, is situated in the district of Kutch and comprises some 30,000 square kilometres (10,000 sq mi) between the Gulf of Kutch and the mouth of the Indus River in southern Pakistan.

In India’s summer monsoon, the flat desert of salty clay and mudflats, averaging 15 meters above sea level, fills with standing waters, interspersed with sandy islets of thorny scrub. Here, during winter, some white areas of salt flats are visible amidst areas of green wetland.

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