Archive for August, 2021

LAMENT FOR A LOST CITY – PART I

August, the foundation month of Madras, is a time for reminiscing about the beauty that can no longer be found in Chennai.

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ECOLOGICAL HERITAGE SITES OF CHENNAI – PART II

Cooum Estuary

The name of Cooum appears to be derived from Tamil Literature. The word “coovalan” denotes a person who is well versed in the science of hydrology. It is likely, that the River Cooum might have derived its name from such a usage (Rajamanickam, 1970; Mudaliar, 1981). The River Cooum, once a fresh

ECOLOGICAL HERITAGE SITES OF CHENNAI – PART I

Ecological Heritage Sites (EHS) are areas of remnant indigenous vegetation representing a different range of landform, soil, plant associations, habitat or ecosystem that occur in a  particular region. They are the remnants of unique vegetation types that exist in such regions and have high ecological value (Sanjeeva Raj, 2002). There are hundreds of EH