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Gulf of Khambhat and Western Ghats, India

16.1N 73.7E

March 21st, 2011 Category: Mountains, Sediments

India - March 19th, 2011

Reddish brown sediments from the Narmada and Tapti rivers tinge the waters of the Gulf of Khambhat. The gulf has a length of approximately 80 miles and lies between eastern Gujarat State (east) and the Kathiawar Peninsula (west).

Lying on the other side of the peninsula is the Gulf of Kutch, also colored by sediments. North of this gulf is the Great Rann of Kutch, an extensive area of salt marshes that appears mostly white in this image.

Moving southeastward down the coastline along the Arabian Sea, one can see the Western Ghats, one of India’s main mountain ranges. Its peaks lie parallel to the west coast, along the western edge of the Deccan Plateau. The range separates the plateau from a narrow coastal plain, which appears dark green in this image.

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