Thar Desert


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Thar Desert

(tär, tŭr) or

Great Indian Desert,

extensive arid region, c.500 mi (800 km) long and c.250 mi (400 km) wide, S Asia, in NW India and E Pakistan, between the Indus and Sutlej river valleys on the west and the Aravalli Range on the east. Largely a desolate region of shifting sand dunes, broken rocks, and scrub vegetation, it receives an annual average rainfall of less than 10 in. (25 cm). The sparsely populated region has a pastoral economy. Through the extension of canals fed with Sutlej and Beas waters, irrigation has reclaimed some land for agriculture along the northern and western edges. In May, 1974, India exploded its first nuclear device in the desert in Rajasthan state.

Thar Desert

a desert in NW India, mainly in NW Rajasthan state and extending into Pakistan. Area: over 260 000 sq. km (100 000 sq. miles)
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Surprisingly, in some parts of the country, even where there is more rainfall than Thar Desert, people face scarcity of drinking water as they waste the source in abundance while people of the desert avoid the situation by judiciously utilising water.
Carved out of native Jaisalmer stone and embellished with rich local textures, the rooms look out onto the endless golden expanses of the Thar Desert. The Jaisalmer Suite offers a living room and dining room along with his and hers dressing rooms, a private pool and a dedicated butler.
The Thar coalfield is located in the Thar Desert, Tharparkar District of Sindh province.
Thar Desert also known as Great Indian Desert covers about 2.34 million [km.sup.2] area within India and mainly Bikaner, Barmer, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur districts of Rajasthan encompassing 61% boundary of Thar Desert.
Thar needs introduction of drought and climate change resilient crops and tress so as to meet the growing needs of food and financial benefits of small land holders of Thar desert.
State-owned Oil India discovered huge deposits of hydrocarbons in Baghewala in Jaisalmer in the Thar desert. The search for gas in the Thar desert yielded good results.
The Kolhi tribes are primarily concentrated in the lower Thar Desert and speak their own Indo-Aryan languages.
The vast Thar desert, which forms the natural border between India and Pakistan is an inhospitable place.
"Any temporary arrangement to use imported coal should be well monitored and the plant design should be based on Thar coal specifications for use of indigenous coal." The Geological Survey of Pakistan has discovered more than 175 billion tonnes of ignite coal in Thar desert in Sindh.
New Castle disease infections in wild peafowl in Thar Desert region of Sindh province of Pakistan.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah anxious to fly to Thar became the very first dignitary to land at the airport which has been built for foreign coal concessioners intending to visit coal blocks in Thar Desert.
Pakistans Thar desert is estimated to have more than 175 billion tons of lignite coal.