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Friday, March 21, 2008

Will global warming kill Kabir's 'tree of life'?

Kabirwad is home to one of the largest banyan trees in India. Covering 3.7 acres, some experts believe it is even bigger than the famous banyan tree at the Kolkata botanical gardens. And, as the name suggests, it was apparently planted by Kabir himself some 500 year back.

However, there are growing fears that global warming and rising sea waters are making the soil of the island saline. This may destroy Kabirwad’s one-of-a-kind ecosystem. The problem of salinity ingress has become serious after the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam was raised to 121.92 metres, reducing water flow into the river.

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