PROBA-V's Image Of The Week - Rann of Kutch, India

Rann of Kutch, India

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Rann of Kutch, India

The Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh in the Thar Desert and spans across parts of Gujarat province in India and Sindh province of Pakistan. During monsoon season, the flat desert of salty clay and mudflats, just above sea level, can fill up with standing water, which can extend to the Gulf of Kutch in the southwest.

Previously connected to the Arabian Sea and forming a navigable lake in the times of Alexander the Great, the Great Rann is currently renowned as one of the largest salt deserts in the world, with temperatures that can go up to 49.5°C in summer and below 0°C in winter.

The PROBA-V daily synthesis of early February this year further shows us the Pakistan’s Keti Bunder South Wildlife Sanctuary, with a network of rivers and river mouths and several lakes, with Shakoor Lake as the most prominently visible.