Is Rhiver Ghaggar, Saraswati? Geochemical constraints.

Tripathi, J. K., Bock, Barbara, Rajamani, V. and Eisenhauer, Anton (2004) Is Rhiver Ghaggar, Saraswati? Geochemical constraints. Open Access Current Science, 87 (8). pp. 1141-1144.

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The identity of the river along which the famous Harappan Civilization developed and the causes of the demise of this culture are topics of considerable debate. Many of the Harappan sites are located along the ephemeral Ghaggar river within the Thar Desert in the northwestern India and adjacent Pakistan. The Ghaggar was also thought to be the mythical river Saraswati, which was described as glacial-fed river. Sr and Nd isotopic composition of the Ghaggar alluvium as well as Thar Desert sediments suggests a Sub-Himalayan sediment source, with no contribution from the glaciated regions. The development of extensive Harappan Civilization all along the Ghaggar suggests a catchment with high monsoon rainfall. It is likely that with the changes in the monsoon scenario after 3500 BC could have gradually dried up the Ghaggar river and resulted in the migration and/or extinction of the Harappan Civilization on this river

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-MG Marine Geosystems
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
ISSN: 0011-3891
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2010 14:37
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2016 11:06

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