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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.

Popcorn Clouds Around Gulf of Khambhat, India

22.1N 72.4E

June 7th, 2011 Category: Clouds, Sediments

India - May 23rd, 2011

Dense sediments give the Gulf of Khambhat, in India, a dark tan color. The land surrounding the gulf is only partially visible due to a veil of clouds often referred to as “popcorn” clouds due to their dotted appearance.

Such clouds are often the product of rapid plant growth. During dry periods, plants receive more sunlight and thus grow faster and undergo more photosynthesis, which in turn release more water vapor into the air. The warm, wet air rises and cools, causing the water vapor to condense into small, fluffy, dotted white clouds.

Sediments in Gulfs of Kutch and Khambhat, India

24.0N 70.1E

June 4th, 2011 Category: Salt Flats, Sediments

India - May 18th, 2011

Sediments pour into two large gulfs on the coast of India. To the north is the Gulf of Kutch, colored tan by sediments, and to the southeast is the Gulf of Khambhat, filled with slightly darker sediments.

A bright white area is visible in the upper left quadrant, north of the Gulf of Kutch. It comprises the salt flats and salt marshes of the Great Rann of Kutch, by the India-Pakistan border.

Rann of Kutch and Gulfs of Kutch and Khambhat, India

24.0N 70.1E

May 11th, 2011 Category: Salt Flats, Sediments

India - May 2nd, 2011

The bright white areas in the upper left quadrant are the salt flats and salt marshes of the Great Rann of Kutch, by the India-Pakistan border.

Visible south of the salt marshes is the Gulf of Kutch. Another gulf, the Gulf of Khambhat, can be observed further down the coast. Both are filled with tan sediments that pour out into the Arabian Sea.


Gulf of Khambhat and Western Ghats, India

16.1N 73.7E

March 21st, 2011 Category: Mountains, Sediments

India - March 19th, 2011

Reddish brown sediments from the Narmada and Tapti rivers tinge the waters of the Gulf of Khambhat. The gulf has a length of approximately 80 miles and lies between eastern Gujarat State (east) and the Kathiawar Peninsula (west).

Lying on the other side of the peninsula is the Gulf of Kutch, also colored by sediments. North of this gulf is the Great Rann of Kutch, an extensive area of salt marshes that appears mostly white in this image.

Moving southeastward down the coastline along the Arabian Sea, one can see the Western Ghats, one of India’s main mountain ranges. Its peaks lie parallel to the west coast, along the western edge of the Deccan Plateau. The range separates the plateau from a narrow coastal plain, which appears dark green in this image.