Soil institute to make modified physiographic map of countryNew Age Online
Soil Resources Development Institute(SRDI) has planned to prepare modified physiographic map of Bangladesh comprising 15 major physiographic units, aiming to remove anomalies in the physiographic units of the country, officials said on Tuesday.
The SRDI has already started taking suggestions from the country’s soil experts, geologists, geographers and water scientists to help finalize the physiographic map, they said.
The proposed15 major physiographic units include Tipam-Surma Hills (High Hills ), Dupitila -Dihing hills(Low Hills), Madhupur clay upland, Himalayan Piedmontplain, Northern- eastern Piedmontplain, Tista river floodplain, Brahmaputra-Jamuna River Floodplain, Surma-Kusiyara River Floodplain, Meghna River floodplain, Ganges River Floodplain, Peat Basins, Ganges Tidal Floodplain, Meghna Estuarine Floodplain, Chittagong Coastal Plain and Coral reef Island (St. Martin).
The SRDI officials presented their plan at a seminar on ‘the validation of modified physiographic map of Bangladesh’ held at SRDI conference room on Tuesday.
Principal Scientific Officer at SRDI regional office in Dhaka Delwar Hossain Molla presented the keynote paper at the seminar where he said the physiographic map of the country has been prepared and published in different times since 1969 by academicians and the soil experts identify the physiographic units anywhere from 14 to 23.
As there was no unanimous information about the country’s physiographic units, the SRDI has taken a move to publish a book identifying a unified physiographic map with 15 major units, he said.
In such a way, it would be easy to collect common information for all concerned, including students, researchers and academicians, he said, adding that after modification of the map, it would be useful for the government to digitalize local and regional maps.
Professor Imamul Huq of Dhaka University Soil Science Department suggested the SRDI form as expert committee to take suggestions for revising the physiographic maps.
SRDI director Khoshed Alam presided over the seminar, which was attended among others, by former SRDI director SM Shaheed, SRDI principal scientific officer Nazmul Hasan and soil expert KM Idris.
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