By Kumkum Bhattacharyya
Interweaving the human points of river keep watch over with research of hydro-physical info, together with ancient facts during the last few centuries, this monograph is a finished evaluate of the Damodar’s decrease reaches. whereas the Damodar River isn’t an excellent tropical river, nor does it characteristic vintage examples of river keep an eye on constructions, it truly is strange and valuable of research since nowhere else within the tropical global have riverine sandbars been used as a source base in addition to for everlasting settlements. according to their wisdom of river levels, the population have fine-tuned their land use to flood occasions, utilizing an idea of flood zoning to the riverbed. each to be had house has been applied rationally and judiciously.
This infrequent human-environmental examine analyzes the extraordinary approach within which immigrants strange with the riverine setting have tailored to the altered hydrologic regime of the river. In doing in order that they have confirmed a cosmopolitan figuring out of the flood regime and the vagaries of an unpromising atmosphere of their land use, cropping and payment styles. Spurred on through constrained social and monetary mobility and occasionally political constraints, those self-settled refugees have discovered to conform to their setting and dwell with the floods.
Bhattacharyya’s textual content is very well timed, as anthropogenic tactics of this sort haven't been properly studied by way of geographers.
"Bhattacharyya's outstanding learn describes and analyzes the interrelationship of geomorphic surroundings, source base, perceived atmosphere and social area in addition to the function of criminal constructions, financial geography and infrastructure in accounting for a way society has tailored to, altered and applied a as soon as normal dynamic atmosphere. via ancient reconstruction of the riverine scene besides marshalling of information on river habit and social swap, together with the presentation of distinctive reports of settlements in the alluvial bottomland delivered to lifestyles with very good maps, the writer makes transparent how humans, starting from refugees to neighborhood settlers have reworked the panorama pushed through varied cultural, monetary, non secular, and political forces. The author's description of the subtle means within which surroundings, social prestige, and tradition are interwoven within the distribution of vegetation and linked microtopography is masterful". (Prof. M. Gordon Wolman, division of Geography and Environmental Engineering, The Johns Hopkins college, Baltimore, MD, USA)