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Ahmedabad and Vadodara Near Gulf of Khambhat, India – January 26th, 2012

23.0N 72.5E

January 26th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

India - January 5th, 2012

This wide-swath ASAR image shows 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.

Visible north of the gulf, near the top edge, is the city of Ahmedabad. It is the fifth largest city and seventh largest metropolitan area of India, with a city population of approximately 5.6 million and metropolitan population of 6.4 million. The city is situated at an elevation of 53 metres (174 ft) from Mean Sea Level. The city sits on the banks of the River Sabarmati, in north-central Gujarat. It spans an area of 205 km2 (79 sq mi).  The steady expansion of the Rann of Kutch (partially visible as a dark grey area in the upper left corner) threatens to increase desertification around the city area and much of the state.

Visible near the northern shores of the gulf is another city, Vadodara, formerly known as Baroda, the third most populated city in the Indian State of Gujarat. It is situated at an elevation of 39 metres (123 feet). It is the 18th largest city in India with an area of 148.95 km² and a population of 4.1 million according to the 2010-11 census. The city sits on the banks of the River Vishwamitri, in central Gujarat. The Vishwamitri frequently dries up in the summer, leaving only a small stream of water. The city is located on the fertile plain between the Mahi & Narmada Rivers.

Gulf of Khambhat by Kathiawar Peninsula, India

22.3N 72.6E

March 11th, 2011 Category: Sediments

India - February 11th, 2011

Tan sediments spill through the Gulf of Khambhat (formerly known as the Gulf of Cambay) and towards the Arabian Sea. The gulf is about 80 miles in length and is known for its extreme tides.

The land to the west of the gulf belongs to the Kathiawar peninsula, while that to the east is the eastern part of Gujarat state. The town of Khambhat is located at the northern end of the gulf. At low tide the gulf’s bottom is left nearly dry for some distance below the town.

Dust Plume Blows Over Arabian Sea near Pakistan Coast

April 16th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms

Dust over the Red Sea

Dust over the Red Sea

A plume of dest moves towards Pakistan, blowing in from the left side of this image. It may originate from sediments near the coastline of Iran, as dust was blowing off the Iranian shore and over the Gulf of Oman near the Pakistani border yesterday (click here for previous article).

Further east, the mouth of the Indus River can be seen, spilling sediments into the Arabian Sea near the white, salty marshes of the Rann of Kutch and the Kathiawar Peninsula.

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.

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