Welcome to www.chotonagpurplateau.in
Here the Gangetic plain gradually rises its altitude and by rising upward it meets with an undulating platform, The Chotonagpur Plateau. In West Bengal, Manbhum-Singhbhum region of Chotonagpur Plateau forms a unique undulating topography with prominent gneissic hills. The Gondowana substrates attest to the plateau’s ancient origin. It is part of the Deccan plate, which broke free from the southern continent during the Creataceous to embark on a 50 million year journey that was violently interrupted by the northern Eurasian continent. In West Bengal the average altitude of the plateau is around 300 meters. Damodar is the main river of the plateau. Rivers like Kansai, Silabati, Darakeswar are generated from the plateau and by creating deep marks they fall into the Gangetic plain.
Whole Purulia, Asansol, Jhargram and huge portion of Bankura, West Midnapur and Birbhum fall under the Chotonagpur Plateau of West Bengal.
Here minerals are scattered beneath the ground and above it Elephants makes their footprint. The whispering songs of Mother Nature flows across its dry deciduous forests. In Bengal most of forests of the plateau are unprotected and don’t fall under any sanctuary or national park. These Sal dominated forests are home of Elephants, Sloth bears, Pangolins, Striped Hyena, Indian Wolf like threatened animals and many rare species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects as well as plants.
Regular deforestation, urbanization, poaching, sand mining and pollution pushing this unique diversity into great danger. There is an immense need of conservation to protect these rich habitats. This is a platform for creating awareness about Natural resources of Chotonagpur Plateau, West Bengal by showing the beauty of Nature and spreading the conservation needs.
Share your thoughts and beautiful photographs and participate into the very first step of spreading awareness about conservation.
How you will realize the boundary of Chotonagpur Plateau?
Draw a line from Jharkhand border via Suri - Durgapur - Bishnupur - Medinipur - Jhargran, Gopiballavpur to Jharkhand Border.Reporting from adjacent areas from the boundary are also welcome.
Major cities :- Purulia, Asansol, Suri, Durgapur, Bankura, Bishnupur, Medinipur, Kharagpur, Jhargram.