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Rann of Kutch in Expanding Thar Desert, India

25.9N 69.8E

January 27th, 2012 Category: Deserts

India - January 5th, 2012

This wide-swath ASAR image shows western India, near the border with Pakistan. Visible as a dark area at the left edge is the Rann of Kutch, is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India and the Sindh province of Pakistan. Desertification has emerged as a major
economic, social and environmental problem in the western part of India.

The Thar Desert is a large, arid region in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent and forms a natural boundary running along the border between India and Pakistan. With an area of more than 200,000 km2 (77,000 sq mi), it is the world’s 9th largest subtropical desert. It is surrounded by the Indus plains in the west, the Aravalli Range in the southeast, the Rann of Kutch in the south, and the Punjab plains in the north and northeast. Encroachment of the Thar Desert towards its Eastern boarder has become a serious problem to the adjoining districts of the desert.

Indus River Valley and Rann of Kutch, Pakistan – October 10th, 2011

24.5N 68.0E

October 10th, 2011 Category: Deserts, Image of the day, Rivers, Wetlands

Pakistan - October 6th, 2011

The lower stretches of the Indus River Valley appear as a wide, green, S-shaped line crossing Pakistan. The river itself can be seen in the center of the vegetation, as a thick, tan line due to the sediments it carries.

Southeast of the river is the Rann of Kutch, a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India and the Sindh province of Pakistan. Although it often appears as a series of white salt flats, here it appears to be inundated and thus has a predominately teal color.

Dust Blowing Across Thar Desert in Pakistan

24.7N 68.0E

November 28th, 2009 Category: Dust Storms, Rivers

Pakistan - November 15th, 2009

Pakistan - November 15th, 2009

Dust blows over eastern Pakistan, blowing from the northeast towards the Arabian Sea. The dust is blowing across the Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert, a large, arid region in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent.

Visible west of the dust and Thar Desert is the Indus River and Valley. Continuing west of this fertile green area, the brown and tan grooves of the Balochistan Plateau can also be seen.

To the south, near the coast, the Rann of Kutch appears as a bright white area. It is a seasonally marshy saline clay desert located in the Thar Desert biogeographic province  by the Surendranagar District of northwestern India and the Sind province of Pakistan.  Below this area, tan sediments spill into the Gulf of Kutch and the Arabian Sea.

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.

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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