Author: Abhishek Singh

Which is the Biggest Dam in Maharashtra

The basic purpose of a dam is to retain water for using it for various purposes like- Electricity generation, agriculture and also to meet daily water requirements of settlements. Maharashtra, a state in central India has three major rivers flowing through it- Godavari, Tapti and Krishna. These rivers have a vast network of tributaries drenching the state of Maharashtra. A dam build on one of the tributaries of the Krishna River – the Koyna River, houses the biggest dam in Maharashtra which is the main subject of this essay. The Koyna River rises in Mahabaleshwar, a hill station and notable tourist spot located on the Sahyadri mountain range of the Western Ghats. Quick Facts about the Koyna Dam Build on the Koyna River. Located in the Deshmukhwadi village, Koyna Nagar, Satara District, Maharashtra. Located 190 km south west of Pune. 44 Km from Chiplun on Chiplun Karad SH 78. Part of the ‘Koyna Hydroelectric Project’. Biggest Dam in Maharashtra. Completed in 1963, was the first largest civil engineering project post independence. Made of rubble and concrete. Total generation capacity of 1960 MW per day. Largest hydro power generation unit in India. The dam has a height of 103 meters. Spill way is located in centre. Spill way has six flood gates. Provides water for agricultural and domestic purposes. Plays vital role in containing floods during the monsoons. The reservoir...

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Which is the Widest River in the United States

It is a very difficult question to answer, because many rivers in United States attain different widths during their flow depending on the topography. Mississippi river in the United States is first in terms of discharge (5,93,000 cubic feet/sec) and has an average width of two miles during its entire flow. Many other rivers in the United States are wider than the Mississippi at some point of time. For example the Delaware River at some point during its flow reaches a width of 3-4 miles, but has an average discharge much below than that of the Mississippi- 11,550 cubic feet/second. Also the flooded width of Missouri River (Discharge of 86,300 cubic feet/second) is over 13 miles at some places, but the Missouri is technically a tributary of the Mississippi. Therefore, we will consider the Mississippi as the widest river in the United States, based on its average discharge as well as average width. Interesting Facts about the Mississippi River Mississippi in French means ‘Great River’. Originates from the Lake Itasca in Minnesota. Itasca is a glacial lake. The drainage basin of Mississippi reaches into Canada. River has a total length of 2320 miles (3730 Km). The watershed of the Mississippi river is enormous, draining 31 states in the US and 2 Canadian Provinces. Fourth longest river in the world. Fifteenth largest river in the world in terms of discharge....

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Which is the Widest River in the World

The Amazon River which is the longest river in the world with a length of 6992 Km (approx 4300 miles) is also the widest with an average width of 11 Km (6.8 mi) in dry season and up to 190 kms (120 mi) during the rains. The Amazon River is a huge river flowing mainly through Peru and Brazil and also draining the borders of Ecuador, Columbia and Bolivia. The Amazon sustains tremendous amount of species as well as commercial transport activities and huge undisturbed forests. The river has an average discharge of 209000 cubic meters/second which is largest in the world and also it has a total basin area of 7050000 sq km. Having originating in the Andes Mountains, Peru in the western part of South America it flows east to the Atlantic Ocean. Though the Amazon River is closely followed by Nile in terms of length, the maximum width attained by Nile is only 7.5 Km, undisputedly making Amazon the widest river on the planet. Quick Facts about Amazon River Amazon is the world’s longest river at 6992 km. It is also the widest ranging from 11 km to 190 km in width. It is a South American river originating in Peru. Mantaro River in Peru is known to be the principle tributary of the Amazon. The river flows in an easterly direction since its origin. Amazon...

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Which is the Second Longest River in India

Godavari is the second longest river in India however it is the longest river in Maharashtra. It is flowing west to east for approximately 1465 kilometres (910 miles). It stands second to Ganga, which has a length of 2525 kilometres (1569 miles). Though Godavari is the second longest river flowing within India, technically it stands fourth in terms of length of rivers flowing through India. Brahmaputra is the longest river flowing through India with a total length of 3848 kilometres (2390 miles), but a major length of Brahmaputra serves China and Bangladesh with only a portion of it flowing through the Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Indus is the second longest river flowing through India having a total length of 3610 kilometres (2243 miles), but major parts of Indus flow through Pakistan and China. The flow of these longest rivers outside India makes Godavari the second longest river with a length of 1465 Km (910 miles) after Ganga, flowing within Indian boundary. Interesting Facts about Godavari River Godavari is the second longest river flowing within India, after Ganga. Godavari has its source in Triambakeshwar, Maharashtra in Brahmagiri Mountain range of Western Ghats. Though the River originates just 80 Kms from Arabian Sea in West coast, it traverses all the way through central and South East India to drain in the Bay of Bengal in East. The River...

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Which is the Longest River in India

Ganges is the longest River in India with a total length of 2525 Km (1569 mi), flowing east from the North Western Himalayan mountains of Uttrakhand to the Gangetic Plains of North India and into the states of Bihar and West Bengal before finally pouring down into the Bay of Bengal. The Ganges also crosses an International border into Bangladesh and is called ‘Padma’ there. Although, Brahmaputra is the longest river passing through India with a total length of 3848 Km (2390 mile), but it traverses only for 900 Km within Indian boundary, passing through the North Eastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, making Ganga the longest river originated and flowing within Indian boundaries. The Ganges is also the third largest river by rate of flow of water after Amazon and Congo. Ganges is the most sacred river according to Hindu religion and customs. It is a part of almost all the festive occasions of Hindus and is believed to clean the sins of anyone who bathes in it. Throughout its length the river witnesses tremendous religious rituals and activities with many holy cities situated on its banks. Quick Facts about the Ganges Total length of 2525 Kilo meters. Stands third in terms of water flow after Amazon and Congo rivers. Emerges after the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda in Dev Prayag, Uttarakhand. Mythologically believed to be emerging...

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