Summary of Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission No. IO50-03-0003PresentationPoster


Jayaraju N*1

1 Yogi Vemana University, India


The enchanting Andaman Isles, are the ultimate destination for the tourists across the world. Until 1950s , the isles were synonym for punishment ( guilty were exiled here ) but now for pleasure. Floated in splendid isolation in the Bay of Bengal is the archipelago of over 570 islands with an area of 8,249sq.kms known as Andaman Isles is now at the top of the league for visitor destinations in India. These, along with silvery-sandy beaches on the edge of meandering coastline of carefree relaxation and makes the Islands a unique geotourism destination. Because of the shallowness of the Sea around the Isles, the gentle slope from the coast line and lack of strong currents the Sea supports a rich and wide variety of coral reefs . For its size, Andaman represents perhaps the most fascinating collection of sands , rocks and landforms in the world, which combine to reveal a remarkable story of landscape evolution. With the current upsurge in public interest in different aspects of Earth heritage, geotourism now offers a timely opportunity to promote a greater understanding of why and how Andaman looks the way it does. But the entire scene changed from 2004 Sumatra tsunami. Andaman isles were one of the badly damaged regions of the tsunami. How ever, efforts are on to restore the old glory to isles by restoration and rejuvenation.The paper outlines effects of tsunami on socio-economic scenario of the Isles and approaches to the interpretation of coastal zone for non-specialist audiences, by landscape and scenery as the theme from the Andaman Isles perspective .