Saturday, June 25, 2011
Far back in time, some 150 millions years ago, molten magma might have oozed from earth's crust along the dilated ocean floor at the foot of a submarine ridge. The phenomenon appears to have taken a long time thus creating mid-ocean rise known to many Geologists as 'whale back tumours'. These islands with a few expectations are volcanic in orgin. We are in fact at the tip of a risen undulating lava plateau, the core of which goes deep down beyond the ocean floor. This hypothesis is conformity with the expanding earth theory.
Source: Naval Marine Museum, Samudrika, Port Blair.
Posted by Andaman Holidays at 6:16 PM
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Diglipur, known as 'Rice bowl of Andamans', It is situated about 185 km north from Port Blair. Sandy beaches like Kalipur, Ariel Bay and Lamya bay and the meandering creeks in the area offer good scope for beach tourism. Saddle peak, the highest point (732 meters) in the Island is located near Diglipur and excellent for trekking. 'Kalpong' the only river in the Andaman group originated from Saddle peak and flows through Diglipur. It is connected to Port Blair by inter-Island ferry and by road.
Posted by Andaman Holidays at 11:29 PM
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
After a smooth delivery, Sheela began her journey from the Little Andaman islands on the rim of the Indian Ocean in January. On Saturday , she was spotted near the Indonesian coast, having clocked more than 2,000km in 145 days. But this isn't about just another swimmer – Sheela is a leatherback turtle less than 2m long and has only flippers to propel her across the choppy seas.
Posted by Andaman Holidays at 11:25 AM
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Since prehistoric times aboriginals like tribes of Negrito origin inhabit the Andaman group, while the Nicobar Islands are inhabited by the Mongoloid stock. The museum displays a small but interesting collection of the weapons, tools, implements, models and habitats of the aboriginal tribes of the Islands. Photographs of the tribes, their art and handicrafts are other attractions. Visits to tribal areas are not permissible due to laws and regulations, this is an excellent way to get an insight on the tribes of the Islands.
Posted by Andaman Holidays at 6:14 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
It is one of the most beautiful of the many species of pigeons or doves. Like all pigeons, the Nicobar pigeon is rather thick-set with a relatively small head, but is heavier than most pigeons the same size.
It is found only in Nicobar Islands. Feeds on seeds, berries and insects and spend most of the time in forest floor, usually lays two eggs in each clutch.
Posted by Andaman Holidays at 7:02 PM
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Sign MoU to protect dugongs, India urges neighbours
With fewer than 200 dugongs (commonly known as sea cow) in its waters, India is strongly encouraging its neighbours in South Asia to sign the Dugong United Nations Environment Programme/Convention of Mirgatory Species (UNEP/CMS) MoU as early as possible.
The first South Asian Dugong Conservation workshop, which was held at Tuticorin as the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere (GoMB) has the largest population of dugongs in the country, has asked Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to sign the MoU at the earliest.
Already 14 countries have signed the MoU designed to facilitate national and trans-boundary actions leading to conservation of dugongs and their habitats. It has nine objectives, including reducing mortality; protect, conserve and manage habitats; raise awareness; improve legal protection and enhance regional cooperation. “We have fewer than 200 dugongs, mostly in GoMB and Andaman and Nicobar waters. There are very few in Gulf of Kutch. Cooperation of neighbouring countries is necessary as the migratory range of the species is long,” says A.K. Srivastava, Inspector General of Forests (Wildlife), Ministry of Environment and Forests. “Pakistan has no recent evidence of dugong population. In Sri Lanka there is evidence but could be migratory,” he says.
High genetic biodiversity value
According to Convention of Migratory Species, the dugong is a sea-grass dependent marine mammal of tropical and subtropical coastal waters, with high genetic biodiversity value.
Currently classified as vulnerable to extinction under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the dugongs are vulnerable to human-related influences due to their life history and dependence on sea grasses that are restricted to coastal habitats under increased pressure from human activities.
The draft Task Force Report on dugongs prepared by the Department of Endangered Species Management, Wildlife Institute of India, attributes several reasons for the decline in population, some of which include sea grass habitat loss and degradation, gill netting, chemical pollutants, indigenous use and hunting.
In GoMB, there has been a 30 per cent increase in population density in the past 20 years, essentially fishermen whose fishing ground has remained the same.
“A particular type of net where 40 to 50 persons operate it for five to six hours sweeps the sea floor completely,” says J.K. Patterson Edward, director, Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute, Tuticorin. Another killer is the domestic sewage let into the marine biosphere without treatment.
In Andaman & Nicobar Islands, there has been a steady decline in dugong population due to poaching and habitat destruction. The poaching is more by foreign nationals than the local islanders, activists say.
“The co-ordination is to develop and deliver a practical and resource-efficient strategy to collaborate and implement regional management initiatives for conservation,” says Jagdish Kishwan, ADGP (Wildlife) and Director, Wildlife Preservation, MoEF.
Posted by Andaman Holidays at 3:26 PM
Thursday, June 9, 2011
It is situated at Delanipur, Port Blair and set by Indian Navy, this museum creates awareness towards protection and conservation of the oceanic environment in a scientific manner. Information regarding marine life, non-living resources, the wide variety of shells found on the Islands as well as the people and environment of the Andamans is provided!
Posted by Andaman Holidays at 6:59 PM
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
It is owned by Forest department, is credited as one of the biggest and oldest saw mills all through Asia and is located at the north tip of Andaman. A bridge connects this saw mill to Port Blair. The mill, dating back to 1836, is a big store house for different varieties of wood including Marble, Padauk, Gurjan and Satin wood.
The mill cuts massive wood into different sizes and shapes of timber and is functioning as the main source of timber for government and private agencies at a moderate price. This mill processes many types of ornamental wood suitable for making furniture and handicrafts.
Posted by Andaman Holidays at 5:45 PM
Saturday, June 4, 2011
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