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Prehistoric River Saraswati, Western India

Geological Appraisal and Social Aspects


Part of the Society of Earth Scientists Series book series (SESS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. K. S. Valdiya
    Pages 1-8
  3. K. S. Valdiya
    Pages 73-100
  4. K. S. Valdiya
    Pages 101-114
  5. K. S. Valdiya
    Pages 115-124
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 125-136

About this book


This book 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 remonte-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.


Ghagghar River Harappan Civilization Tethys Himalaya Fluvial Sediments Fossil Waters

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Ad Sci Res Geodynamics UnitJawaharlal Nehru Centre Ad Sci Res Geodynamics UnitBengaluruIndia

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