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Erosion from Krishna River, India

15.7N 80.8E

June 16th, 2009 Category: Rivers

India - June 8th, 2009

India - June 8th, 2009

The Krishna River, whose name translates to “the Dark-Colored River”, is one of the longest rivers in central-southern India at about 1300 km in length.

The Krishna rises at Mahabaleswar in Maharashtra, in the west, and meets the Bay of Bengal at Hamasaladeevi in Andhra Pradesh, on the east coast. The delta of the river is one the most fertile regions in Bharat.

Ecologically, this is one of the disastrous rivers in the world, in that it causes heavy soil erosion during the monsoon season, when it flows fast and furious, often reaching depths of over 75 feet (23 m).

The highest degree of erosion occurs between June and August. During this time, Krishna takes fertile soil from Maharashtra, Karnataka and western Andhra Pradesh towards the delta region. Here, such sediments can be seen spilling into the Bay of Bengal and framing the coastline.