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By Sanjeev Sanyal

Land of The Seven Rivers: a quick heritage of India's Geography is a booklet that goals to familiarize its readers with the attention-grabbing geography of our nation, India. The booklet solutions the various frequently-asked questions relating India's geography. Did the good flood, which was once a part of an Indian legend, truly occur? How have been the Europeans in a position to map India? What was once the genuine purpose at the back of Buddha giving his first sermon at Sarnath?

One of an important facets to contemplate, while the heritage of a rustic, is its geography. in an try and detect the mysteries that encompass the heritage of India, the writer of this ebook embarks on a trip around the size and breadth of India. His major reason is to find the historical past of India from the country's mountains, rivers and cities.

The writer has left no stone unturned in researching the hidden mysteries which are part of India's background. He has been to a few archaeological websites, crossed a number of rivers and sifting via old manuscripts and files, all in an try to support his readers achieve a greater knowing of the geography of India.

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The northward drift of the Indian land mass The broad contours of the above narrative of India’s geological history are generally accepted. However, there remain many unresolved issues and several findings that do not neatly fit into the story. One puzzle relates to the discovery of a large number of insects preserved in amber found in Vastan, 30 km north of Surat, a geological zone called Cambay Shale. It is a big finding that includes 700 species, representing 55 families. These insects are not unique to India, but very similar to those found in other continents and as far away as Spain.

Take for instance a genetic study of the frozen remains of a Siberian mammoth that died 33,000 years ago. The scientists of the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig found that the Asian elephant is more closely related to the mammoth than to the African elephant. It appears that the genetic lines of the Asian and the African elephant separated six million years ago whereas the Asian elephants and the mammoths diverged only 440,000 years ago. 9 Moreover, many Indian animals came into the subcontinent from the east.

The average depth of the Persian Gulf is merely 36 metres. 14 With sea-levels 100 metres below current levels, this area would have been a well-watered plain—a veritable Garden of Eden. The groups of early humans would have found this a very attractive location and probably enjoyed a significant population increase. Expansion into Central Asia and Europe would have been difficult at this stage because of the Ice Age. However, they would have spread out along the Makran coast into the Indian subcontinent.

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