An account on the sub-fossil shell deposits of Kovalam backwater

Thangavelu, R and Rengarajan, K and Poovannan, P (1987) An account on the sub-fossil shell deposits of Kovalam backwater. Marine Fisheries Information Service, Technical and Extension Series, 73 . pp. 5-7.

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Vast stretches of sub-fossil deposits of molluscan shells have been found excavated by the people of Padur village around the Kovalam backwater area. Excavation of shells is more intensive on the western side of the backwater. The excavated shells are cleaned and sold for Rs. 4.50 per 20k which is used for lime production. The gastropod shell Cerithidium ranks first (64%) in the subfossils, whereas in a few places the oyster shells constitute to about 25 to 35%. About 200 people from Padur village are engaged in this profession, excavating about 40 to 50 tonnes/day during the peak season March-May, and they are unemployed for most of the days during the oflfseason

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Padur; Cerithidium; Excavation; sub-fossil deposits; Kovalam back waters
Subjects:Socio Economic and Extension
Molluscan Fisheries
Divisions:CMFRI-Madras (Chennai)
ID Code:3182
Deposited On:21 Sep 2010 14:11
Last Modified:29 Aug 2011 15:49

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