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Agricultural Fires Continue to Create Thick Smoke Cloud Over Northern India – November 10th, 2012

28.6N 77.2E

November 10th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

India and Pakistan – November 8th, 2012

Hundreds of fires across over 250 kilometers (150 miles) from east to west in northern India release a thick cloud of smoke that covers the Punjab state and cities such as Delhi. The fires are mostly agricultural in nature, in order to clear fields for planting, clearing out some pests that eat crops and turning the previous growing season’s crop residues into fertilizing ash. However, the smoke can also be very harmful to human health, aggravating heart and lung disease, particularly in children and the elderly.

The Fertile Indo-Gangetic Plain, India

February 27th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

The Indo-Gangetic Plain and the Himalayas, India - February 25th, 2009

The Indo-Gangetic Plain and the Himalayas, India - February 25th, 2009

The Indo-Gangetic Plain (also known as the Northern Plain and the North Indian River Plain) is a large and fertile plain, appearing dark green and brown, in contrast to the snow-covered mountains above.

It encompasses most of northern and eastern India, the most populous parts of Pakistan, and virtually all of Bangladesh. The section visible here is around the National Capital Territory of Delhi, India.

The plain is bound to the north by the abruptly rising Himalayas, which feed its numerous rivers and are the source of the fertile alluvium deposited across the region by the two river systems.

The southern edge of the plain is marked by the Vindhya- and Satpura Range, and the Chota Nagpur Plateau. On the west rises the Iranian Plateau.

The plain is named after the Indus and the Ganges, the twin river systems that drain it.

The region is one of the most populated areas on Earth, being home to nearly 900 million people (or over 1/7th of the world’s population).

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