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Geography of Himachal Pradesh

Manoj Jreat (Author)
Synopsis Himachal Pradesh, a picturesque mountain state, is a land of remarkable geographical diversity. In the south, the Shiwalik hills rise gently from the Punjab-Haryana plains. But to the north the altitudinal rise is dramatic. A series of parallel ranges rise like giant steps till the highest point is reached in the Greater Himalaya. Within these ranges are a number of smaller ranges like the Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal and Zanskar.  Himachal is a mosaic of different cultures. It is inhabited by one of the most colourful people whose culture is as richly diverse and fascinating as the landscape. The developmental activities such as industrialization, road construc-tion, hydropower projects, horticulture, urbanization, mining and growth of tourism have gradually transformed the state, though the issues of environ-mental pollution, resource depletion and increasing incidences of natural hazards such as cloudbursts, flash floods, land-slides and erratic weather conditions are causing serious concerns. The book examines the emergence of Himachal, and explores the physical geography of the state, including its topography, drainage and climate in first two chapters. Chapter three examines the resources of the state including its flora and fauna, soils, minerals and hydropower potential. Chapter four focuses on the human diversity, while the fifth chapter looks at the economy of the state with special reference to horti-culture, tourism and settlements. The last chapter examines the state's vulne-rability to natural hazards such as earth-quakes, flash floods, cloudbursts and avalanches. The book enlightens and refreshes the readers by providing an insight into this wonderful state.
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About the author

Manoj Jreat

Dr. Manoj Jreat was born at Kotgarh in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. He completed his Masters degree in Geo-graphy from the Punjab University, Chandigarh and Ph.D. from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Dr. Jreat has written numerous research articles on Himachal Pradesh that have been published in reputed newspapers and journals. He has also written a book Tourism in Himachal Pradesh (2004). An avid traveller, photographer and a keen horticulturist, he is presently enga-ged in teaching geography to under-graduate students in Himachal Pradesh and is actively involved in a variety of research projects including documen-tation of temple woodcarvings of Himachal Pradesh.

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Bibliographic information

Title Geography of Himachal Pradesh
Author Manoj Jreat
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173871981
length 223p.