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Geography Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 325808, 9 pages
Review Article

Tectonic Control on Drainage Network Evolution in the Upper Narmada Valley: Implication to Neotectonics

Institute of Seismological Research, Raisan, Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382 009, India

Received 15 May 2013; Revised 12 August 2013; Accepted 17 August 2013

Academic Editor: Biswajeet Pradhan

Copyright © 2013 Girish Ch. Kothyari and B. K. Rastogi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Convergence of the Indian plate towards Eurasia is reflected in neotectonics along several zones throughout the Indian plate. Neotectonics of the upper Narmada river basin following one of the active Son-Narmada Fault (SNF central part) zones in central Peninsular India has been studied through tectonic geomorphometric parameters. The study area is 175 km wide and 400 km long valley and catchment area of upper Narmada river basin in Madhya Pradesh state. High resolution ASTER data indicates neotectonic features like sudden changes in drop of Narmada river floor at two locations around Jabalpur formed by conjugate normal faults. Cross profiles indicate uplift of the entire area by a few hundred meters south of the Son-Narmada south fault. Basin asymmetry parameter indicates northward shifting of the river course from middle of the basin due to uplift of the southern block.