Natural Heritage

INDIA’S THREATENED COASTAL HABITAT – PART II

Coral reefs are considered the rainforests of the sea. Southeast Asia is at the heart of the most productive and diverse ecosystem knows as “the coral triangle”. Its incredible biodiversity holds more than 77 percent of the almost 800 reef-building coral species described by scientists. Coastal resources, coral reef fisheries, in partic

INDIA’S THREATENED COASTAL HABITAT – PART I

India has a vast coastline of nearly 7516.16 kms. The coastal ecosystem consists of four major categories – salt marshes, mangroves, estuaries, and coral reefs. The marine and coastal habitats of India are being subjected to severe environmental stress. The coastal areas and the seas are treated as a depository of all pollutants from the terrestrial environment. S

ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS – A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE – PART II

Apart from the tribals, the mutineers and prisoners who started occupying the islands since 1858, led to the growth of the populace in these islands. The total population of these islands in 1901 was 24,649, of which 18,138 were living in the Andaman group of islands and 6,511 in the Nicobar group of islands. The population of both the groups increased to 33,768 dur

ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS – A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE – PART I

Since prehistoric times, the Andaman & Nicobar Islands were home to Aboriginal tribes. The tribes of the Andaman group of islands are of Negrito origin and comprise the Great Andamanese, Onges, Jarawas, and Sentinalese, while the tribes of Nicobars who are of the Mongolid origin comprise the Nicobarese and Shompens. Radiocarbon dating studies of the Great Andama

KNOW YOUR ANIMALS – SEAHORSE (HIPPOCAMPUS HIPPOCAMPUS)

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Distribution

Short-snouted Seahorse (Hi

TREE PLANTING AND AFTER CARE – PART II

  1. AFTER PLANTING
  • Basin formation:

A basin must be formed immediately after planting: round for plain and crescent (semi-circular) shaped for slopes.

TREE PLANTING AND AFTER CARE

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven - Rabindranath Tagore.

Trees are an essential part of nature’s life support system; without them, life on earth would not be possible.

Grasses and other fast-growing, l

WILD EDIBLE PLANTS FOUND IN THE SACRED GROVES OF TAMILNADU – PART II

  • Poison berry (Solanum indicum) Tamil name: Papparapalli

It is a herb with spines found growing all over Tamilnadu. The half-ripe fruits are used in the preparation of curries and chutneys and also used as a vegetable.

  • Prickly amaranth

WILD EDIBLE PLANTS FOUND IN THE SACRED GROVES OF TAMIL NADU

The knowledge of ethno-botany is much older than the history of civilization.  By a trial and error process, the pre-historic people identified some useful food and other important plants around the areas where they lived. But, information on ethno-botany is very scanty and the study of ethno-botany is in itself very recent. The study of ethno-botany can play a vit

KNOW YOUR PLANTS – BLACK PEPPER (Piper nigrum Linn.)

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Black pepper occurs in the wild from North Karnataka to Kanyakumari. It is cultivated in Assam, Maharashtra and Kera