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These naked stems sticking out of water are the remains of a forest that once occupied these parts. Hirebhaskara Dam that came up in 1929 and the dam at Linganamakki in 1964 successively caused these parts to be submerged and become one with the vast backwaters area. Human & animal life had to withdraw to the newly defined boundaries. The large scale in which geography gets rewritten by human actions, can only be seen in places like these. The effect of such changes on ecology, which is not immediately obvious, is not easily imagined either, hence it disappears from human memory altogether.



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