Natural Resources in Jamnagar

Founded in 1540 A.D, the city of Jamnagar was previously called Nawanagarh. It’s distinct geographical location; i.e. on the coastal belts of the well-famed Gulf of Kutch makes Jamnagar a storehouse for rich natural resources. One would certainly associate the diversified fauna and flora with scenic beauty at the city. The lakes, mountains, forests situated in vicinity to the city fraught with myriad and rare species of wildlife, marine life, birds which will indeed offer a veritable feast to your eyes and make your heart brim with excitement if you are an animal lover or a passionate birdwatcher.

Natural Resources in Jamnagar

Fauna & Flora in Jamnagar

To speak of the natural resources in the city, the first mention must be made of the forest cover which offers a shelter to the wildlife of Jamnagar. The forest covers of Jamnagar occur mainly where you find a thriving ecosystem such as in the Marine National Park area where a dense Mangrove forest occurs. Also there’s forest cover in the Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary belt, Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary belt and so on. The Mangrove Forest in the Marine National Park region in fact plays a pivotal role in supporting and sustaining the marine and bird life in the region and thus you get to see a majestic diversity of marine life and bird life in these parks and sanctuaries. Even the experience you would get after viewing the coral reefs in the region would be a lifetime experience for you! The Fauna that thrives in these Marshy Mangrove Forest belts of Jamnagar mainly include octopuses, jelly fishes, sea turtles, bonellia, prawns, sepia, lobster, dugong, porpoise, shark, pearl oyster, sea horse, dolphin, sea anemones, about 10 soft coral and 42 tough coral species. Where there’s no marsh and the forest is dry, it’s a shelter for wild animals like hyenas, wolves, leopards, jackals, jungle cats, blue bulls, snakes. Among the many birds you get to see are Black-necked Strok, Eurasian spoonbill, Osprey, Indian Skimmer, Dalmatian Pelican etc. This is fascinating and vast diversity of fauna in Jamnagar of course supported by the flora and other congenial natural factors is one reason why Jamnagar today is on the spotlights for any vacationer.

Minerals Found in Jamnagar

The Main Minerals found in the Jamnagar district include Bauxite, Chalk, Limestone and Calcite. There are also lesser quantities of Bentonite, Gypsum and Sand. In fact a major portion of the bauxite in the state of Gujarat comes from the Jamnagar district.

The Essar Refinery set up at Jamnagar by the Reliance Industries carries out the refining of the Crude Oil in the city renamed in the modern times as the ‘Oil City’ though it’s not known specially whether Jamnagar really has huge reserves of Natural Oil and Gas under its soil or not.

Dams in Jamnagar

The major Dams of Jamnagar are Ranjitsagar Dam, Vijarakhi Dam, Sinhan Dam, Sasoi Dam. Of all these, the Ranjitsagar dam mainly supplies water to Jamnagar. During the monsoons, most of the dams have to remove their floodgates due to overflowing.

So this is how Nature has decked the city!

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