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Sediments by Neduntheevu in the Palk Strait, Sri Lanka

9.5N 79.6E

February 18th, 2010 Category: Sediments, Snapshots

Sri Lanka - January 26th, 2010

Sri Lanka - January 26th, 2010

Sediments fill the Palk Strait, between Sri Lanka (right) and India (left). The island visible near the center of the strait is called Neduntheevu or Neduntivu, also known by its Dutch name Delft. This island is named as Delft in the Admiralty Chart unlike the other islands in the area which are named with their Tamil names.

The island’s area is 50 kmĀ² and it is roughly oval-shaped. Its length is 8 Km and its maximum width about 6 Km. Neduntivu is a flat island surrounded by shallow waters and beaches of coral chunks and sand. The vegetation is of a semi-arid tropical type, with palmyra palms, dry shrubs and grasses that grow on the pale grey porous coralline soil.

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