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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.

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

22.1N 72.4E

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.

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.

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