SC refuses to stay demolition of settlements in “Aravalli range” in Haryana

What is the News? The Supreme Court of India has refused to stop the demolition of over 10,000 settlements encroaching on forests in the Aravalli range in Haryana’s Faridabad district. What was the case about? Public interest litigation was filed in the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the demolition of the settlements. The petitioners… Continue reading SC refuses to stay demolition of settlements in “Aravalli range” in Haryana

Why North-East is More Vulnerable to Earthquakes? – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction An Earthquake of 6.4 magnitude hit Assam on April 28th, 2021. It caused sufficient damage to buildings and property but fortunately, no fatalities were reported. The northeastern region has a peculiar record of experiencing earthquakes at regular intervals due to its unique geographical location. The state of Assam itself witnessed two great earthquakes (Magnitude… Continue reading Why North-East is More Vulnerable to Earthquakes? – Explained, Pointwise

“Kopili fault Zone” – A Reason behind Assam Tremors

What is the News? The National Centre for Seismology (NCS) has said that the tremors in Assam can be attributed to the Kopili Fault Zone. The fault zone is located closer to Himalayan Frontal Thrust (HFT). About the tremors in Assam: Recently an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 on the Richter scale hit Assam. Following the… Continue reading “Kopili fault Zone” – A Reason behind Assam Tremors

Significance of Tulip Garden in “Zabarwan Range” of J&K

What is the News? The Prime Minister through a tweet asked everyone to visit a tulip garden in Jammu and Kashmir. The garden is located at the foothills of the Zabarwan range. About the Tulip garden  The tulip garden is located at the foothills of the Zabarwan range. It is Asia’s largest tulip garden, spreading… Continue reading Significance of Tulip Garden in “Zabarwan Range” of J&K

Ecuador’s “Sangay Volcano” erupted

What is the news? Ecuador’s Sangay volcano erupted and blew clouds of ash as high as 8,500 meters (8.5 km) into the sky.  About Sangay Volcano: Sangay is an active stratovolcano in central Ecuador. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Stratovolcanoes or composite volcanoes are conical volcanoes. They are composed… Continue reading Ecuador’s “Sangay Volcano” erupted

Landslip likely triggered Flash Flood: experts

What is the News? According to glaciologists and experts, the cause of flash floods in Uttarakhand Chamoli district was most probably a landslip(Landslide) and not a glacial lake burst. Why are experts calling it a Landslide and not a glacial lake burst? The glacial lake outburst flood(GLOF) occurs when a natural lake, formed from a… Continue reading Landslip likely triggered Flash Flood: experts

Fragility of Himalayan Mountain Ecosystem

Source: Down to Earth ,  The Hindu Gs3: Conservation, Environmental Pollution, and Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment. Synopsis: The recent Glacial outburst in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district is a consequence of human’s impact on climate and lack of awareness towards local ecology. Background Recently a glacier collapsed in Uttarakhand’s Nanda Devi. According to some satellite images, the… Continue reading Fragility of Himalayan Mountain Ecosystem

What are the “NDMA guidelines for GLOFs related disasters”

What is the News? NDMA has issued guidelines to reduce disasters related to Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs). Recently GLOF is suspected to have caused the flash floods in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli. What are Glacial Lake Outburst Floods(GLOFs)? It refers to the flooding that occurs when the water dammed by a glacier or a moraine is… Continue reading What are the “NDMA guidelines for GLOFs related disasters”

Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) in Uttarakhand -Explained

Recently a glacial burst has occurred in Nanda Devi glacier in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. 19 bodies have been recovered so far and over 150 persons went missing in the glacial outburst. Many geologists issued warnings that these types of climate-related disasters are going to increase. They all pointed out global warming as a major contributing… Continue reading Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) in Uttarakhand -Explained

Importance of Ladakh’s Pangong Tso Lake

Pangong Tso Lake is an endorheic lake (landlocked) located in eastern Ladakh. It lies partly in India’s Ladakh region and partly in Tibet. The lake is formed from Tethys geosyncline. The lake literally translates into a “conclave lake”. Pangong means conclave in Ladakhi and Tso means a lake in the Tibetan language. The Karakoram Mountain… Continue reading Importance of Ladakh’s Pangong Tso Lake