Two new Ramsar sites : Lonar Lake and Sur Sarovar

NOV 16

Preliminary   > Environment and Ecology   >   Protected Area Networks   >   Wetland conservation

Why in news?

  • Two new Ramsar sites have been declared

About the new sites:

  • Lonar Lake, Maharashtra: Also known as Lonar crater, it is a notified National Geo-heritage Monument,  saline, soda lake, located in Buldhana district, Maharashtra. Lonar Lake was created by an asteroid collision with earth impact during the Pleistocene Epoch.
  • Sur Sarovar, Uttar Pradesh: Also known as Keetham lake, it is a scenic lake just outside Agra. Alongside the Keetham Lake is the Agra Bear Rescue Facility, which is a Sloth bear rescue facility dedicated to rehabilitating previously enslaved 'dancing bears'. There are artificially created islands for shelter and breeding grounds to the migratory birds.
  • With the new sites, India now has 41 RAMSAR sites.

PRELIMS QUESTION

Which of the following Ramsar sites are Man-made :
1.Bhoj Wetland
2.Kanjli Wetland
3.Chandra Taal Lake
Select the correct answer using the code given below
(a)1 only
(b)1 and 2 only
(c)2 and 3 only
(d)1,2 and 3

Answer to prelims question