In these harsh and barren wastelands, nature endures. People have lived in the desert since time immemorial. Being resilient and resource full they have developed depth spiritual bonds with these arid lands. The modern world of Commerce and industry has been encroaching on the desert lands claiming its resources and changing the delicate balance of life. The Thar is situated in the North Western part of the Indian subcontinent forming a natural boundary between India and Pakistan. The desert Sands are highly mobile and shift from place to place from time to time.
GCSE Geography – Case Study – Thar Desert, Pakistan – Primrose Kitten
Deserts are areas with fragile and limited resources. Despite the harsh conditions people live in desert areas, but their need for food and water presents many challenges. Las Vegas is a fast-growing city — the population is expected to double in 40 years. The way deserts are used presents many challenges. The off-road vehicles damage the sensitive desert ecosystem. The growth of urban areas threatens the desert area, and pollutes the air.
The country has a unique climate with intense monsoon for some weeks followed by a long stretch of dry weather. Nadi, a traditional water harvesting structure in western Rajasthan is excavated or embanked to collect precipitation, to mitigate the scarcity of drinking water in the lean period i. Rainwater collected in the Nadi from the runoff is available for periods of four months to a year after the rains, depending on the catchment characteristics, the amount of rainfall received and its intensity. This is an ancient practice and the Nadis are the most important water sources of the region used for drinking purposes by human beings as well as livestock.
It is the world's 17th-largest desert , and the world's 9th-largest hot subtropical desert. The desert comprises a very dry part, the Marusthali region in the west, and a semidesert region in the east with fewer sand dunes and slightly more precipitation. The Thar Desert extends between the Aravalli Hills in the northeast and stretches to Punjab and Haryana to the north, to the Great Rann of Kutch along the coast, and to the alluvial plains of the Indus River in the west and northwest. Most of the desert area is covered by huge, shifting sand dunes that receive sediments from the alluvial plains and the coast.