Rivers of the Tarai–Doors and Barind Tract

  • Kalyan Rudra
Part of the Geography of the Physical Environment book series (GEOPHY)


The Mahananda, the Teesta, the Jaldhaka and Torsa along with their numerous tributaries drain the southern slope of the Himalaya and debouch on the plains of Tarai–Doors. While the Mahananda is bifurcated into two branches and ultimately joins the Ganga, three other rivers discharged into the Jamuna in Bangladesh. These rivers are prone to recurrent floods and have produced coalescing fans. One such produced by the Teesta is most conspicuous. The Teesta fan overlies the Barind tract which is also a larger fan formed by post-Pleistocene deposit and stands above the surrounding plains. The rivers like the Kulik, the Karatoya, the Atrayee, the Tangon and the Punarbhava flow southwards through the Barind and have been decayed. The subsidence along the line followed the Jamuna, and compensatory upheaval of the Barind tract have had impacted the recent changes in river courses of this region.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environment DepartmentWest Bengal Pollution Control BoardKolkataIndia

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