The Climate and Resources of Upper India; And Suggestions for Their Improvement

The Climate and Resources of Upper India; And Suggestions for Their Improvement

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...be navigable throughout the year. The Ganges and Jumna rise in the Himalayas, and after a comparatively short course in the hills, enter the plains, flow separately to Allahabad, where they join, and then run to the sea. The volume of water of these rivers and their tributaries where they issue from the hills, is a mere fraction of the See Appendix B, p. 101. 4 amount conveyed by the Ganges through its various mouths to the sea. The greater part of this vast volume of water has fallen on the plains of the drainage basin of the Ganges, and if the system I have described of banking up the fields were carried out throughout the country, so as to prevent surface-drainage, we should hear no more of floods and the damage done by them. It is only two or three years since the towns of Jounpore and Azimgurh, on two separate rivers, both rising in the plains, were nearly washed away by floods which must have originated in the plains, a clear proof that improved surface-drainage is not required in that part of the country. Besides the more notorious cases of damage by floods, such as the carrying away of towns and villages, the cutting away of lands, railway embankments, and bridges, and the fevers and other illnesses caused by their drying up, there are other evils the results of floods which are not so generally known. Large areas of land which only a few years ago used amongst other produce, to carry rain crops, are now never sown with those crops, as the land has now, by increased surface-drainage higher up the country become so liable to inundation, that the risk of loss from that cause is greater than the prospect of gain. The cultivation is not safe. It is too much of a gambling transaction, with heavy odds against the cultivator who is rash enough...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236669363
  • 9781236669360