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Gulfs of Khambhat and Kutch, India

21.8N 72.5E

November 14th, 2011 Category: Sediments

Pakistan and India - November 8th, 2011

Brown sediments color the waters of the Gulf of Khambhat, an inlet of the Arabian Sea along the west coast of India, in the state of Gujarat. It is about 80 miles in length, and divides the Kathiawar peninsula to the west from the eastern part of Gujarat state on the east.

The Narmada and Tapti rivers empty into the Gulf, filling it with sediments. The Gulf is shallow and abounds in shoals and sandbanks including the Mal Bank at the river mouths and the Malacca Banks at the gulf’s entrance to the Arabian Sea. The Gulf is known for its extreme tides, which vary greatly in height and run into it with amazing speed. At low tide the bottom is left nearly dry for some distance below the town of Khambhat.

Visible further west is the Gulf of Kutch, near the India-Pakistan border. Partially obscured by clouds north of this gulf is the Rann of Kutch, an area of salt marshes.

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