Environment | VOL. 9, ISSUE 53, March-April 2009 |

The History of Climate Change in India

Vedic Period During last glacial period (110,000-11,000 years before present or BP) it appears that even Lower Himalaya was covered with ice and snow. The glacial period ended around 11,000 BP and in the following 1,000 years the near surface temperature of the northern hemisphere rose from 11°C to 15°C. From glacier/ice/snow melts rivers flowed through northwest India - one of them being the Sarasvati. Originating near Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) Sarasvati flowed through present day Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat (parallel...

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