Villagers in India losing land to a changing river

The villagers of Kambakshpur in India are complaining that the Yamuna River near their village is changing course over time, resulting in them losing land. Interestingly, ‘The Hindu’ newspaper has made use of the new Google Earth global mosaics in historical imagery to investigate. Read the full story on The Hindu website.


The changing course of the Yamuna River in India, 1989 to date

As we noted last week, although Google has provided global mosaics from 1985, in some locations, the early mosaics are actually identical. For the location above, the mosaics from 1985 to 1989 are identical, so we have started the animation from 1989.

Overall, land is being lost and gained about equally on both sides of the river. In addition a significant amount of farming land is being converted to residential property.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

  1. I am guessing here: that as more ice melts in the Himalayas, the rivers downstream will swell further and this is just the start of the loss of land and irrigation water.

  2. Losing*



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