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Climate Change Affecting Gulf of Kutch, India

22.7N 69.9E

March 19th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Salt Flats, Sediments

India – March 18th, 2013

Sediments give the Gulf of Kutch, southwest of the bright white salt flats of the Rann of Kutch in northwestern India, tan and green hues. In this area – in fact, along the entire western Indian coastline – tropical ecosystems and species such as mangroves and coral reefs are threatened by changes in temperature, rising sea levels and increased concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Already, nearly 30 per cent of the coral reefs in the Gulf of Kutch are ‘bleached’ as they loose the colourful algae that live on them — an occurrence associated with seawater warming.

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