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Journal of Sedimentary Research (SEPM)


Journal of Sedimentary Petrology
Vol. 32 (1962)No. 1. (March), Pages 92-98

The Runn of Cutch

Lucian B. Platt


The Runn of Cutch probably achieved notoriety because of the phenomena associated with a large earthquake on June 16, 1819. Once in the public eye, the area has been referred to by many geologists. The Geological Survey of India has made it clear that the Runn is not flooded by sea water during the wet monsoon as claimed by Lyell and others. On the contrary, the area has a gradient which is normal for alluvial plains. The water on the Runn is normal rain water with salt from the Runn surface. The phenomena associated with the 1819 earthquake are to be expected when unconsolidated material is shaken and settles in a more tightly packed arrangement. Historical review indicates that a large bay north of Kutch was filled, within historical time, with debris brought by the Luni and Bunass ivers and especially by the Indus. The material of the Runn of Cutch is recent alluvium.

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