Response of active tectonics on the alluvial Baghmati River, Himalayan foreland basin, eastern India

Vikrant Jain, R. Sinha

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Active tectonics in a basin plays an important role in controlling a fluvial system through the change in channel slope. The Baghmati, an anabranching, foothills-fed river system, draining the plains of north Bihar in eastern India has responded to ongoing tectonic deformation in the basin. The relatively flat alluvial plains are traversed by several active subsurface faults, which divide the area in four tectonic blocks. Each tectonic block is characterized by association of fluvial anomalies viz. compressed meanders, knick point in longitudinal profiles, channel incision, anomalous sinuosity variations, sudden change in river flow direction, river flow against the local gradient and distribution of overbank flooding, lakes, and waterlogged area. Such fluvial anomalies have been identified on the repetitive satellite images and maps and interpreted through DEM and field observations to understand the nature of vertical movements in the area. The sub-surface faults in the Baghmati plains cut across the river channel and also run parallel which have allowed us to observe the effects of longitudinal and lateral tilting manifested in avulsions and morphological changes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-356
Number of pages18
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Gangetic plains
  • active tectonics
  • tilting
  • earthquakes
  • fluvial anomalies


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