Neotectonic activity of the Bomdila Fault in northeastern India from geomorphological evidences using remote sensing and GIS

  • Jogendra Nath Sarma
  • Sangeeta SharmaEmail author


One of the major geological structures across the Brahmaputra valley, which stretches from the Eastern Himalayas up to the Naga Hills, is the Bomdila Fault. Parts of the courses of the rivers – the Brahmaputra, Dhansiri (south-S), Bargang and many others – are aligned along this structure. The influence of this structure on the courses of these rivers has been studied in detail using topographic maps, satellite data and field evidences. The signatures obtained such as: (a) an unusually linear course of the lower part of the Dhansiri (S) river from Golaghat up to Dhansirimukh, (b) the abandonment of the westerly course of the earlier Dhansiri (S) river (flowing through Kaziranga) towards the present NW direction by avulsion, (c) knick bends in the MBT–MCT and Naga Thrust of Belt of Schuppen, (d) a linear 15 m high topographic scarp on the left bank of the Dhansiri (S) near Numaligarh and (e) an anomalous SE–NW trending course of the Brahmaputra from Dhansirimukh up to Hartamuli along with the parts of the rivers Buroi and Bargang on the north in the same trend infers the influence of a fault-type structure. Since all these linear segments of the rivers align along the NW–SE trending Bomdila Fault, it infers the influence of the later on the courses of these rivers. The neotectonic activity along this fault might have caused the linear high scarp and abandonment of earlier river courses.


Geological structure neotectonic activity Bomdila Fault avulsion scarp 



One of the authors (SS) is grateful to the Director, CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat, for granting the permission to carry out the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied GeologyDibrugarh UniversityDibrugarhIndia
  2. 2.Geoscience DivisionCSIR-North East Institute of Science and TechnologyJorhatIndia

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