What do you do when you see miles of unbroken surface of dark silt, all bare and without a sign of life? You will no doubt be tempted to step on the gas in your SUV, hoping to catch the horizon. Do so by all means, kick mountains of dust with your tyres, and feel the thrill of driving in the Little Rann of Kutch – just mind the wildlife though!
The Little Rann is a saline desert, and believed to have been a shallow sea at one time. It can be considered a large ecotone, a transitional area between marine and terrestrial ecosystems, stretching across 4,953 sq. kms (1,935 sq. miles). Dry for most part of the year, it gets inundated with water during the monsoons – the only land forms visible at this time are about 74 elevated plateaus or islands, locally called ‘bets.’ The area may look arid and forbidding but, surprisingly, it is home to many species of animals and birds, and rich in its unique flora.
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