- Shyok River
The Shyok River is a
riverflowing through Ladakhand the disputed Northern Areasof Pakistan( Ghangche District).Shyok river (a tributary of the Indus) originates from the Rimo glacier, one of the tongues of Siachen Glacierand becomes very wide at the confluence with the Nubra River(a tributary of Shyok, originating from Siachen Glacier). The alignment of the Shyok river is very unusual, originating from the Rimo glacier it flows in a SE direction and at joining the Pangong range it takes a NW turn and flows parallel to its previous path. The Shyok flowing in a wide valley suddenly enters a narrow gorge after Chalunkaand then joins the Indus at Khaplu(Pakistan). The Nubra river originating from the Siachen glacier also behaves like the Shyok, before Tirit the SE flowing river takes a NW turn on meeting the river Shyok. The similarity in the courses of these two important rivers probably indicates a series of palaeo fault lines trending NW-SE in delimiting the upper courses of the rivers. The importance of the Indus and the Shyok rivers is in the deposition of a huge thickness of Quaternary sediments a treasure trove for geology researchers.
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