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Indus River Flowing Across Pakistan

28.7N 70.1E

February 19th, 2010 Category: Rivers

Pakistan - February 5th, 2010

Pakistan - February 5th, 2010

This ASAR image shows the Indus River flowing across Pakistan. Originating in the Tibetan plateau in the vicinity of Lake Mansarovar in Tibet Autonomous Region, the river runs a course through the Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir and then enters Northern Areas (Gilgit-Baltistan), flowing through the North in a southerly direction along the entire length of the country, to merge into the Arabian Sea near port city of Karachi in Sindh.

The total length of the river is 3,180 kilometers (1,976 miles) and is Pakistan’s longest river. The river has a total drainage area exceeding 1,165,000 square kilometers (450,000 square miles). The river’s estimated annual flow stands at around 207 cubic kilometers, making it the twenty-first largest river in the world in terms of annual flow.

Beginning at the heights of the world with glaciers, the river feeds the ecosystem of temperate forests, plains and arid countryside. Together with the rivers Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, Jhelum, Beas and two tributaries from the North West Frontier and Afghanistan, the Indus forms the Sapta Sindhu (Seven Rivers) delta of Pakistan.

Diverse Terrain of Pakistan

29.1N 70.6E

November 21st, 2009 Category: Rivers

Pakistan - October 5th, 2009

Pakistan - October 5th, 2009

Pakistan covers 340,403 square miles (881,640 km2), approximately equalling the combined land areas of France and the United Kingdom. Its eastern regions are located on the Indian tectonic plate and the western and northern regions on the Iranian plateau and Eurasian landplate.

Apart from the 1,046-kilometre (650 mi) Arabian Sea coastline, Pakistan’s land borders total 6,774 kilometres—2,430 kilometres (1,509 mi) with Afghanistan to the northwest (upper left), 523 kilometres (325 mi) with China to the northeast, 2,912 kilometres (1,809 mi) with India to the east (right) and 909 kilometres (565 mi) with Iran to the southwest (lower left).

The northern and western highlands of Pakistan contain the towering Karakoram and Pamir mountain ranges, which incorporate some of the world’s highest peaks, including K2 (28,250 ft; 8,611 m) and Nanga Parbat (26,660 ft; 8,126 m). A small part of these mountain ranges is visible in the upper right corner.

The Balochistan Plateau lies to the west, and the Thar Desert and an expanse of alluvial plains, the Punjab and Sind, lie to the east. The 1,000-mile-long (1,609-km) Indus River and its tributaries flow through the country from the Kashmir region to the Arabian Sea. The river’s course can be clearly seen through the center of this image, reaching from the mountains in the north to the sea in the south.

Pakistan has four seasons: a cool, dry winter from December through February; a hot, dry spring from March through May; the summer rainy season, or southwest monsoon period, from June through September; and the retreating monsoon period of October and November. The onset and duration of these seasons vary somewhat according to location. Rainfall can vary radically from year to year, and successive patterns of flooding and drought are also not uncommon.

Green Vegetation of Indus River Basin, Pakistan

28.1N 69.0E

August 9th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Pakistan- July 27th, 2009

Pakistan- July 27th, 2009

The Indus River is the longest river in Pakistan, with a total length of 3,180 kilometres (1,976 miles). The river has a total drainage area exceeding 1,165,000 square kilometres (450,000 square miles), and an estimated annual flow standing at around 207 cubic kilometres.

Originating in the Tibetan plateau in the vicinity of Lake Mansarovar in China, the Indus River moves into Pakistan, running a course through the Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir and then entering Azad Kashmir within the administrative division of Northern Areas (Gilgit-Baltistan), before flowing through the North in a southerly direction along the entire length of the country.

Here, the land around the river, part of the Indus River Basin or Indus River Valley, appears green with vegetation. Clouds cover Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, near which the Indus finally merges into the Arabian Sea.

Pakistan and the Indus River Valley – April 12th, 2009

April 12th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Pakistan - April 6th, 2009

Pakistan - April 6th, 2009

Pakistan is a country located in South Asia and borders Central Asia and the Middle East.  It is bordered by Afghanistan and Iran in the west, the Republic of India in the east and the People’s Republic of China in the far northeast.

It has a 1,046 kilometre (650 mile) coastline along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in the south.

Pakistan covers 340,403 square miles (881,640 km2). Its eastern regions are located on the Indian tectonic plate and the western and northern regions on the Iranian plateau and Eurasian landplate.

The northern and western highlands of Pakistan contain the towering Karakoram and Pamir mountain ranges, which include some of the world’s highest peaks. The Baluchistan Plateau lies to the west, and the Thar Desert and an expanse of alluvial plains, the Punjab and Sind, lie to the east.

The 1,000-mile-long (1,609-km) Indus River and its tributaries flow through the country from the Kashmir region to the Arabian Sea. The Indus River Valley is visible here as a thick, green curved line reaching the sea near Karachi.

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