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Geography & Climate

Goa encompasses an area of 3,702 km² (1,430 sq mile). Most of Goa is situated in the coastal plains known as the Konkan, which are at sea level. The eastern part of the state is composed the hilly Western Ghats which separate it from the Deccan Plateau. The state's highest point is the Sonsogor, with an altitude of 1,167 metres (3,827 feet).

Goa has a coastline of 101 km (63 miles) most of which is sandy. Goa's main rivers are the Mandovi, Zuari, Terekhol, Chapora and the Betul. The Mormugao harbour on the mouth of the river Zuari is one of the best natural harbours in western India. The Zuari and The Mandovi are the lifelines of Goa, with their tributaries draining 69% of the state's geographic area. Goa has more than forty estuarine, eight marine and about ninety riverine islands. The total navigable length of Goa's rivers is 253 km (157 miles).

Goa has more than three hundred ancient tanks built during the Kadamba regime and over a hundred medicinal springs. Most of Goa's soil cover is made up of laterites which are rich in ferric aluminium oxides and reddish in colour. Further inland and along the river banks, the soil is mostly alluvial and loamy. The soil is rich in minerals and humus, thus conducive to plantation. Some of the oldest rocks in the Indian subcontinent are found in Goa between Molem and Anmod on Goa's border with Karnataka. The rocks are classified as Trondjemeitic Gneiss estimated to be 3,600 million years old, dated by the Rubidium isotope dating method. A specimen of the rock is exhibited in the Goa University.

Goa, being in the tropical zone and near the Arabian Sea, has a warm and humid climate for most of the year. The month of May is the hottest, seeing day temperatures of over 39°C (99°F) coupled with high humidity. The monsoon rains arrive by early June and provide a much needed respite from the heat. Most of Goa's annual rainfall is received through the monsoons which last till late September. Goa has a short cool season between mid-December and February. These months are marked by cool nights of around 20°C (68°F) and warm days of around 29°C (84°F) with moderate amounts of humidity. Further inland, due to altitudinal gradation, the nights are a few degrees cooler.


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