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Rann of Kutch, India

19 May 2017

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The Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over western India to a seasonal salt marsh known as the Rann of Kutch.

One of the largest salt deserts in the world, the area fills with water during the summer monsoon season. During the drier winter, the vast white desert is a popular tourist destination, particularly for the Rann Utsav festival centred around a luxury ‘tent city', visible in the central-right part of the image as a series of semi-circles.

Large salt evaporation ponds dominate this satellite image. One of the major projects in this area is the production of potassium sulphate, which is commonly used in fertiliser.

To give an indication of the size of these ponds, the width of the cluster on the left is nearly 13 km across. The lines in the upper-central part of the image are ditches used to control the flow of the water for the ponds.

Rann of Kuch, India

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