DESERTS

Program Details
Air Time: 
03/29/2014 - 9:00am - 9:44am
Program Title: 
THAR DESERT: THE TEEMING DESERT
Program Service: 
EX
PSIP Description: 
The Thar Desert in the Indian subcontinent is the most densely populated desert in the world.
Long Description: 
The Thar Desert (or Great Indian Desert) is dominated by huge windblown seas of sand. Despite an extreme climate ranging from near freezing to 122°F, the Thar Desert is the most densely populated desert in the world and has been inhabited for thousands of years by vegetation, animal life and humans. Communities that live in the desert hold festivals with bright costumes, dancing, singing, snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk performers. There are even "best-dressed camel" and moustache and turban tying contests. The development of The Rajasthan Canal, the world's largest irrigation system, has transformed the barren deserts of the area into rich and lush fields for farming. It has become the biggest wool-producing area in India. Natural resources make Thar a source for cement, coal, and oil which may help transform the economy.