The Thar desert is also a prominent feature of India just like Himalayas or Northern plains. Enumerate a few features of this desert.
The Great Indian desert also known as Thar Desert is a large arid region in the North-Western part of the Indian subcontinent that covers an area of 200,000 km2. This forms a natural boundary between India and Pakistan. The main features of this desert in India are as follows:
- In India, it covers about 170,000 km2, and the remaining portion is within Pakistan. It forms approximately 10% of the total geographic area of India.
- More than 60% of the desert lies in the state of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana.
- It is an undulating sandy plain covered with sand dunes; Barchaus (crescent shaped dunes) cover large areas.
- It has arid climate with low vegetation cover. Luni is the only large river in this region.