By Michel Danino
The Indian subcontinent was once the scene of dramatic upheavals a number of thousand years in the past. The Northwest zone entered an arid section, and erosion coupled with tectonic occasions performed havoc with river classes. one among them disappeared. Celebrated as -Sarasvati' within the Rig Veda and the Mahabharata, this river used to be rediscovered within the early 19th century via topographic explorations by means of British officers. lately, geological and climatological experiences have probed its evolution and disappearance, whereas satellite tv for pc imagery has traced the river's buried classes and isotope analyses have dated historical waters nonetheless saved lower than the Thar desolate tract. within the similar Northwest, the subcontinent's first city society"the Indus civilization"flourished and declined. however it was once no longer watered through the Indus on my own: due to the fact Aurel Stein's excursion within the Nineteen Forties, thousands of Harappan websites were pointed out within the now dry Sarasvati's basin. the wealthy Harappan legacy in applied sciences, arts and tradition sowed the seeds of Indian civilization as we all know it now. Drawing from fresh examine in quite a lot of disciplines, this booklet discusses differing viewpoints and proposes a harmonious synthesis"a attention-grabbing story of exploration that brings to lifestyles the very important position the -lost river of the Indian desert' performed prior to its waters gurgled to a cease.
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The Lost River On The Trails of Saraswati by Michel Danino