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Progress in Palaeohydrology: Focus on Monsoonal Areas

SKU: 165905

This special issue of the Journal of the Geological Society of India is devoted to a comparatively new and rapidly emerging field of palaeohydrology, the science of ancient waters focusing on the time before continuous hydrological records. In recent years, palaeohydrological data have been recognized as able to make critical contributions to global and regional climate models.

This special volume contains sixteen papers that were presented during the GLOCOPH-2002 meeting in Pune. The research papers, deal with regional palaeohydrology with case studies from different parts of the world, and methodologies and techniques used in palaeohydrological reconstructions. The major emphasis is on areas very sensitive to climate changes such as the monsoon-dominated regions of the world. There are several key points that make this book an essential review to researchers working the field of Quaternary geology, sedimentology, hydrology, geomorphology, physical geography, climatology, ecology, archaeology and engineering.

SP-07: River Rejuvenation Kumudvathi Model

SKU: 157592
In India majority of the rivers are in dire straits with the flows depleted or dried up due to unregulated development, and polluted. This owes to the lack of public knowledge and awareness about river environment and ecology. In fact a river is not an entity by itself, but is intimately connected to rainfall, topography, soil, forestry, infiltration, runoff, evaporation and groundwater. River flows recharge groundwater in monsoon which in turn sustain the flows in lean months. Groundwater plays a vital role in sustaining perennial river flows. Restoration of overexploited groundwater is crucial part of river rejuvenation program. Artificial recharge and rainwater harvesting are the two innovative means to augment groundwater. This book aims at presenting the concept and methodology of rejuvenation of degenerated rivers as successfully implemented in the Kumudvathi river basin in Karnataka under the aegis of Art of Living, Bengaluru, which sets a Proto type model for other river basins in India too. Geological Society of India is grateful to The Art of Living especially Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankarji for rendering valuable guidelines and directions in the two-day seminar on Kumudvathi regeneration. The key papers presented in the seminar are compiled in this publication after peer review. The Society is also thankful to Sri Subhajyoti Das, former Director, Central Groundwater Board for meticulously editing the book for publication.

SP-08: Water Resources of Odisha: Status, Issues and Strategies

SKU: 165897
Odisha is a state rich in natural resources. Spanning 1,55, 707 sq. kms it is marked by widely varying meteorological, geomorphological, geological, hydrological, pedological and landuse characteristics which control runoff and infiltration. Its picturesque landscape presents rugged and hilly terrain, and plateaus in the west and southwest, vast undulating and flat erosional plains, narrow linear coastal belt bordering the Bay of Bengal with nine major river basins. Southwest monsoon is the principal source of water with an annual precipitation of 1500 to 900 mm, which is highly variable in space and time. Monsoon floods are common phenomenon. Droughts are chronic (occurring in 3 out of 10 years) causing water distress in different parts of the State.