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Prehistoric River Saraswati, Western India: Geological Appraisal and Social Aspects

Series: Society of Earth Scientists Series

By: KS Valdiya(Author)

136 pages, 22 colour & 53 b/w illustrations, 16 tables


Hardback | Sep 2016 | #239923 | ISBN-13: 9783319442235
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Prehistoric River Saraswati, Western India portrays the Himalayan-born River Saraswati, a legendary river that was the lifeline of a progressive and vibrant society for more than three thousand years. Written in simple language and richly illustrated, it highlights the events that resulted in the robbing of the Saraswati of its water and the end of a wonderful culture. The author weaves a geological narrative out of a mass of data generated by explorers, archaeologists, sedimentologists, geohydrologist, seismologists and remote-sensing specialists. The story explains how a great Himalayan river disappeared and how the Harappan Civilization vanished from the banks of the river Saraswati more than three and half thousand years ago in the wake of tectonic upheavals in the foothills of the Himalaya at a time when the rainfall had drastically declined. And it reveals that nowadays the Saraswati is an extraordinary wide water-less channel coursing through the vast but dry floodplain in western India.


- Mighty Tempestuous River Geomorphic Layout of the Saraswati Land Structural Framework and Tectonics of the Saraswati Basin
- Portrayal, Identification and Delineation of the River Saraswati
- Sediments Deposited by the River Saraswati
- Peopling of the Saraswati Land
- Decline and Demise of the Saraswati River
- Return and Revival of the Saraswati

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