Our National River Ganga

Lifeline of Millions

Editors: Sanghi, Rashmi (Ed.)

  • Written by eminent experts from academia, government, and NGOs
  • The first comprehensive, edited book to feature the River Ganga
  • Includes several illustrations
  • An accessible volume aimed at laymen and researchers alike
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About this book

There is a plethora of information available on the river Ganga in the form of books, blogs, articles, websites, videos. Unfortunately, most of the information about this famous river is in a scattered form and reproduced from unverified sources. This contributed volume is the first multi-author volume publication on this subject. The River Ganga includes a vast array of topics written by several authors of distinction. Topics include; hydrology, tributaries, water uses, and environmental features such as river water quality, aquatic and terrestrial flora/fauna, natural resources, ecological characteristics, sensitive environmental components and more. Part I gives a basic introduction of the Ganga river. The existing data and available information from various sources has been compiled in a pictorial fashion in the form of cmaps. Its cultural importance with changing times is also discussed. Part II looks at the rich biodiversity of the Ganga Basin. It gives a detailed description of the major floral and faunal biodiversity with special emphasis on the national aquatic animal dolphin and Sunderbans, the largest mangrove wetland in the world. Part III examines ‘The Ganga Water as it flows’. It focuses on the water quality as well as its associated challenges. Part IV looks at the complexities of issues confronting the river ‘Ganga in changing times’ be it snowmelt runoff, river bank erosion hazards and hydropower assessments; how the factors of population, poverty and pollution contribute to the fate of the river. Part IV touches on economic aspects derived from the river such as business opportunities and tourism.

About the authors

There is a plethora of information available on India’s national yet endangered river Ganga in the form of books, reports, publications, blogs, articles, websites, videos etc. Although much research has been carried out on specific aspects of the river, it is in isolated stretches over different time periods. As a result most of the information about this famous river is in a scattered form and many times reproduced from unverified sources. This volume is the first multi-author contributed volume publication on this subject. It is an effort to bring together under an umbrella a vast array of topics written by several authors of distinction. Though it was not possible to cover all the aspects of the vast river system, an attempt has been made to cover the major aspects ranging from cultural, biodiversity, hydrology, livelihood and tourism with a brief insight into the problems and possible solutions proposed by some authors.  Part I gives a basic introduction of the Ganga River. The existing data and available information from various sources has been compiled in a pictorial fashion in the form of cmaps in the introductory chapter. Its cultural importance with changing times is also discussed. Part II looks at the rich biodiversity of the Ganga Basin. It gives a detailed description of the major floral and faunal biodiversity with special emphasis on the national aquatic animal dolphin and Sunderbans, the largest mangrove wetland in the world. Part III examines ‘The Ganga Water as it flows’ focusing on the water quality as well as its associated challenges. Part IV looks at the complexities of issues confronting the river ‘Ganga in changing times’ be it snowmelt runoff, river bank erosion hazards or hydropower assessments. Part V touches on economic aspects derived from the river such as business opportunities and tourism. Part VI includes the voice of some Ganga lovers who have worked on issues concerning the river and feel passionately bonded to the river.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction to Our National River Ganga via cmaps

    Sanghi, Rashmi (et al.)

    Pages 3-44

  • Ganga – Our Endangered Heritage

    Das, Subhajyoti

    Pages 45-71

  • Distribution of Major Floral and Faunal Diversity in the Mountain and Upper Gangetic Plains Zone of the Ganga: Diatoms, Macroinvertebrates and Fish

    Nautiyal, Prakash (et al.)

    Pages 75-119

  • Indicator Species (Gharial and Dolphin) of Riverine Ecosystem: An Exploratory of River Ganga

    Behera, Sandeep Kumar (et al.)

    Pages 121-141

  • Sundarban Mangroves: Impact of Water Management in the Ganga River Basin

    Chauhan, Malavika (et al.)

    Pages 143-167

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-00530-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-00529-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 7, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34396-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Our National River Ganga
Book Subtitle
Lifeline of Millions
Editors
  • Rashmi Sanghi
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Researchco Book Centre, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-00530-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-00530-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-00529-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34396-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 415
Number of Illustrations and Tables
27 b/w illustrations, 117 illustrations in colour
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