BIOTIC ENVIRONMENT AND SAND MINING - A CASE STUDY FROM ITHIKKARA RIVER, SOUTH WEST COAST OF INDIA
Ithikkara river was blessed with unique assemblages of aquatic flora and fauna. The biological environments of the Ithikkara river is under severe stress due to indiscriminate sand mining from the active channels and the floodplain areas and other anthropogenic activities. The paper stresses the need for re-evaluation / re-examination of the biological wealth of our aquatic systems in regard to the rampant sand mining activities of Kerala rivers. This is utmost important for the conservation and better management of our aquatic ecosystems which carries the pristine water resources for the present and future generations.
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