The Vanishing Aravalli

Photo courtesy: Maqbool Ahmed

Unregulated and ill-planned quarrying in the Makrana mines has caused soil erosion and siltation of water bodies, creating a negative relief with pits and craters.

Abstract: One of the oldest mountains of the subcontinent, the Aravalli play a significant role in arresting the onslaught of the deserts from western Rajasthan and beyond, apart from preserving the rich cultural heritage. Critically, the ranges also recharge the depleting aquifers of the region.

The author is a Geologist and Former Director, National Centre for Antarctic and Oceanic Research, Goa.