Geography: GK, General Studies and Current Affairs

Satellite-based advisory service ‘Gemini’ launched for deep sea fishermen

The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) has launched a new satellite-based GEMINI system that will alert deep-sea fishermen of upcoming disasters. The acronym ‘GEMINI’ stands for “GAGAN Enabled Mariner’s Instrument for Navigation and Information”& is works on GAGAN (GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation) satellite system of ISRO ..

Zero Budget Natural Farming

What is Zero-Budget Natural Farming? The creator of the ZBNF model in India is Subhash Palekar and it was first practised in Karnataka state. He recommends the four aspects of ZBNF that are: Bijamrit, Jiamrit, Mulching and Waaphasa. Bijamrit is a microbial coating of seed, Jivamrit is an enhancement of soil microbes, Mulching is covering ..

Glaciers of the Lahaul-Spiti Valley

A glacier is a large body of dense ice which is under constant movement driven in part due to its own heavyweight. A glacier is formed when the accumulation of snow in the area exceeds the rate of outflow (mainly by the melting and sublimation of snow) has taken place over several decades, even centuries. ..

Scientists from 17 nations to take part in year-long MOSAiC mission

The scientists from 17 nations will take part in the year-long MOSAiC mission as they anchor the ship to a large piece of Arctic sea ice to study climate change. The German icebreaker RV Polarstern will be the base for scientists studying the impact of climate change on the Arctic and how it could affect ..

Nepal expedition to remeasure the height of Mount Everest

Nepal’s Survey Department has commissioned a team of surveyors climbers to remeasure the height of Mount Everest to quash persistent speculation that the world’s tallest mountain has shrunk. Mount Everest lies on the Himalayan range straddling the border of Nepal and China. Its official height is 8,848 metres which was first recorded in 1954 by ..