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Vegetation Index of India’s Andhra Pradesh

15.7N 79.2E

January 27th, 2010 Category: Vegetation Index

India - January 20th, 2010

India - January 20th, 2010

The green to red areas in this FAPAR image, focusing on India’s Andhra Pradesh, indicate good to high photosynthetic activity, while yellow to white zones are indications of low activity. Geographically, Andhra Pradesh is composed of most of the eastern half of the Deccan plateau and the plains to the east of the Eastern Ghats. It is the 4th Largest state in India.

The coastal plains are, for a major part, delta regions formed by the rivers Godavari, Krishna, and Penner. Most of the coastal plains are put to intense agricultural use. West and southwest parts of Andhra Pradesh have semi-arid conditions.

The Eastern ghats are a major dividing line in the state’s geography. The ghats become more pronounced towards the south and extreme north of the coast. The Eastern ghat region also is home to dense tropical forests, while the vegetation becomes sparse as the ghats give way to the deccan plateau, where shrub vegetation is more common.

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