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Sediments in the Gulf of Khambhat, India – February 21st, 2011

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February 21st, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

India - January 17th, 2011

This image thumbnail focuses on the Gulf of Khambhat (formerly known as the Gulf of Cambay), an inlet of the Arabian Sea along the west coast of India, in the state of Gujarat.

The Narmada and Tapti rivers empty into the Gulf, carrying sediments that give the gulf the brown color visible here. The color fades to light blue and then dark blue as the sediments disperse into the sea.

Kathiawar Peninsula and Surroundings, India

March 5th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Gulf of Khambat, India - March 3rd, 2009

Gulf of Khambat, India - March 3rd, 2009

Close-up of clouds

Close-up of clouds

Close-up of rivermouth

Close-up of rivermouth

Reddish brown sediments flowing out of the Narmada (east) and Sabarmati (north) Rivers create streaks in India’s Gulf of Khambhat (formerly known as the Gulf of Cambay), an inlet of the Arabian Sea.

The Kathiawar Peninsula forms the western coast of the gulf.  A range of low hills, known as the Gir Hills, occupies the south-central portion of the peninsula. The highest of these is Girnar.

The other side of the peninsula forms the eastern coast of the Gulf of Kutch. This gulf also contains an algal bloom, though there are fewer sediments. These are lighter and more golden brown in color, due to differences in soil content.

The salty marshes of the Rann of Kutch are visible north of the gulf of the same name, and the Indus River in Pakistan can be seen on the far left.

One close-up focuses on the rivermouths and gulfs, while the other focuses on an interesting cloud pattern visible to the south of the continent in the full image.

Sediments and Algae in India’s Gulf of Khambhat

March 1st, 2009 Category: Rivers, Snapshots

Gulf of Khambhat, India - February 25th, 2009

Gulf of Khambhat, India - February 25th, 2009

The Gulf of Khambhat (formerly known as the Gulf of Cambay) is an inlet of the Arabian Sea along the west coast of India, in the state of Gujarat.

It is about 80 miles long, and bordered to the west by the Kathiawar peninsula.

The Narmada and Tapti rivers can be seen here, emptying sediments into the Gulf.

The Gulf, which is actually quite shallow, 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.

The town of Khambhat sometimes experiences heavy rain and is affected by floods. The tides along its coast can reach 35 feet.

Rich Sediments in the Gulf of Khambhat, India

February 1st, 2009 Category: Rivers

Gulf of Khambhat, India - January 27th, 2009

Gulf of Khambhat, India - January 27th, 2009

The Gulf of Khambhat (formerly known as the Gulf of Cambay) is 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.

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.

Here, the tide appears to be high, and the waters full of sediments from the two rivers. The reddish-brown color of the sediments reflects the color of the soil in the region.

The salt flats of the Rann of Kutch can be seen on the left, west of the Kathiawar Peninsula. The peninsula shares a similar landscape to that east of the gulf; it is not desertlike as is the land to the northwest.

The outflow of sediments is framed by an algal bloom, as is the gulf below the Rann of Kutch.

source Wikipedia

Remains of 07B Continue to Fragment

December 10th, 2008 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Remains of Tropical Cyclone 07B - December 10th, 2008

Remains of Tropical Cyclone 07B - December 10th, 2008

The remnants of tropical cyclone 07B,  approximately 310 nautical miles west of Colombo, Sri Lanka, have tracked generally westward at 10 knots over the past 6 hours.

Recent imagery shows convection around a poorly defined low-level circulation center (LLCC) has reduced in size and intensity and broken up into fragments.

The fragment seen here is off the west coast of India. Upon opening the full image, the coastline and the Sabarmati River, emptying sediments into the Gulf of Cambay of the Arabian Sea.

Although the system has moved into an area of light vertical wind shear, cooler air from the northern Arabian Sea is inhibiting any significant development.

Maximum sustained surface winds are estimated at 15 to 20 knots and minimum sea level pressure is estimated to be near 1000mb.

Due to a weak LLCC and influx of dry cool air, the potential for the development of a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours remains poor.

source JTWC

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