India: Flamingo Bridgework to Asia

  • Lothar Krienitz


In India, there are two contrasting, man-made habitats for salt production that make the survival of the Lesser Flamingo possible. (1) The “Rann of Kutch” consists of salt marshes between land and sea, which are flooded in alternation of fresh- and salt water. On the seemingly endless plain, you will find refuges where most of the Lesser Flamingos of India are born. (2) The huge salt lake Sambhar serves as a source of Arthrospira and its competing microphytes. A mosaic of different salt ponds on Sambhar could be used for experimental research on the feeding behavior of the Lesser Flamingo. The circle of our journey to the firebirds closes on the sacred river Ganges, where spiritual and scientific thought processes are combined in a changeable relationship between pilgrims, environmental researchers, and algae explorers.


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  • Lothar Krienitz
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  1. 1.Department of Experimental LimnologyLeibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland FisheriesStechlinGermany

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