PRAYAGRAJ: Former head of the Department of Geography of Allahabad University and an eminent name in the field of Geomorphology, Prof Savindra Singh has written a new book. His new work pertains to the lesser touched topic of Geography called Cryogeography.
Worth mentioning, Prof Singh has authored this typical and challenging work at a time when he had lost his wife, who breathed her last in 2020. She was suffering from cancer. However, undeterred by the demise of his better half, Prof Singh has come out with this work for the larger betterment of the student fraternity who do not have much literature on this significant branch of geography.
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On the eve of teachers’ day, this eminent geographer and doyen of Indian Geography gifted this book to the students of Geography.
Talking to TOI, Prof Singh said, “Cryogeography refers to the scientific study of frozen surface i.e. cryosphere, its components, their formation and distribution, permafrost, physical processes operating in cryosphere”. This book comprises 13 chapters related to the cryosphere and its various theoretical and applied aspects.
It contains chapters on Basic Concepts of Cryogepgraphy, Cryosphere, Ice Sheets and Ice Cores, Ice Shelves and Icebergs, Permafrost, Periglacial Environment, Processes and Geomorphic Impressions, Glaciers, Glaciation and Glaciated Landscapes, Climate Change, Ice Ages etc.
“This work is very useful for students, researchers and aspirants of civil services and other competitive exams as it includes various contemporary issues like global warming and climate change and its consequences such as the melting of glaciers and sea-level rise due to excessive human interference”, says the present head of the Department of Geography, AU, Prof AR Siddiqui.
Born on July 10, 1944, at Ghazipur district of UP, Prof Singh did his early schooling from Gazipur itself and came to Azamgarh in class 9 to 12. He was among the toppers in all the classes till his post-graduation. He has won several awards including the Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan award on Paryavaran Bhugol in 1993 and was an honorary fellow of the International Association of Geomorphologists in 2017.