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Cameron Vollmuth CMLT270 Amy Karp History Paper Sorry about the Blue Font, my printer ran out of black ink Kerala (Malayalam : ? ? ? ? ? ? ; Kēra am ) is a state in south-western India . It was created on 1 November 1956, with the passing of the States Reorganisation Act bringing together the areas where Malayalam is the dominant language. The state has an area of 38,863 km 2 and is bordered by Karnataka to the north, Tamil Nadu to the south and the east and the Arabian sea towards the west. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala. Kochi and Kozhikode are the other major cities. Kerala is wedged between the Laccadive Sea and the Western Ghats . Lying between north latitudes 8°18' and 12°48' and east longitudes 74°52' and 72°22', [46] Kerala experiences the humid equatorial tropic climate. The state has a coast of length 590 km (367 mi) [47] and the width of the state varies between 35 and 120 km (22–75 miles). Geographically, Kerala can be divided into three climatically distinct regions: the eastern highlands (rugged and cool mountainous terrain), the central midlands (rolling hills), and the western lowlands (coastal plains). Located at the extreme southern tip of the Indian subcontinent , Kerala lies near the centre of the Indian tectonic plate ; hence, most of the state is subject to comparatively little seismic and volcanic activity. [48] Pre-Cambrian and Pleistocene geological formations compose the bulk of Kerala’s terrain. Eastern Kerala consists of high mountains, gorges and deep-cut valleys immediately west of the Western Ghats' rain shadow . Forty-one of Kerala’s west-flowing rivers, and three of its east-flowing ones originate in this region. The Western Ghats form a wall of mountains interrupted only near Palakkad , where the Palakkad Gap breaks through to provide access to the rest of India. The Western Ghats rises on average to 1,500 m (4920 ft) above sea level, while the highest peaks may reach to 2,500 m (8200 ft). Anamudi is the highest peak at an elevation of 2,695 metres (8,130 ft). Just west of the mountains lie the midland plains comprising central Kerala, dominated by rolling hills and valleys. [46] Generally ranging between elevations of 250–1,000 m (820–3300 ft), the eastern portions of the Nilgiri and Palni Hills include such formations as Agastyamala and Anamala . Kerala’s western coastal belt is relatively flat, and is criss-crossed by a network of interconnected brackish canals , lakes, estuaries , and rivers known as the Kerala Backwaters . Lake Vembanad —Kerala’s largest body of water—dominates the Backwaters; it lies between Alappuzha and Kochi and is more than 200 km² in area. Around 8% of India's waterways (measured by length) are found in Kerala. [49]
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This note was uploaded on 10/06/2011 for the course HIST 157 taught by Professor Smead during the Spring '07 term at Maryland.

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