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Gujarat, Western India

Extremely high sediment loads are delivered to the Arabian Sea along the coast of Pakistan (upper left) and western India. In the case of the Indus River (far upper left) this sedimentation, containing large quantities of desert sand, combines with wave action to create a large sand-bar like delta. In the arid environment, the delta lacks much vegetation, but contains numerous mangrove-lined channels.

This true-color image from May 2001 shows the transition from India's arid northwest to the wetter regions farther south along the coast. The increase in vegetation along the coast is brought about by the moisture trapping effect of the Western Ghats Mountain Range that runs north-south along the coast. Heavy sediment is visible in the Gulf of Kachchh (north) and the Gulf of Khambhat(south), which surround the Gujarat Peninsula.

Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Published May 2, 2001
Data acquired May 2, 2001

Terra > MODIS
Hydrosphere > Surface Water > Rivers/Streams
Oceans > Marine Sediments > Sediment Transport
Oceans > Marine Sediments > Sedimentation