European agency shares High-resolution image of Ram Setu

New-Delhi: The European Space Agency has shared an image of the Ram Setu or Adam’s bridge. The image has been taken by its Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite. it is a chain of shoals linking India and Sri Lanka.

The Ram Setu stretches 48 km between Rameswaram Island, off the southeast coast of India, and Mannar Island, off the northwest coast of Sri Lanka. It separates the Gulf of Mannar (south), an inlet of the Indian Ocean, from the Palk Strait (north), an inlet of the Bay of Bengal.

However, geologic evidence suggests that these limestone shoals are the remnants of land that once linked India with Sri Lanka.

It noted that some of the sandbanks are dry, while the sea here is very shallow, only 1–10 m deep, as indicated by the light colour of the water.

Covering around 130 sq km, Mannar Island is connected to mainland Sri Lanka by a road bridge as well as a railway bridge. Both of them are visible at the southern end of the island.

On the Indian side, the Rameswaram Island, also popular as Pamban Island can be accessed via the 2-km-long Pamban Bridge. Here, the two main towns are Pamban, on the western edge, and Rameswaram, which is around 10 km east of Pamban.

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