An Introduction to Goa and Khazan Ecosystems

  • Sangeeta M. Sonak
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Part of the Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research book series (AAHER)

Abstract

Goa is a small state on the West Coast of India. Goa was formed during the continental drift in the course of the northward movement of the Indian plate, before it collided with the mainland Asia. A repetitive sequence of events with slow emergence and dissection of land with intermittent phases of quiescence leading to erosional surfaces have shaped Goa’s topography. Geographical boundaries confer upon Goa a distinctive ecological status. Goa is replete with natural resources as well as rich heritage. It has fertile agricultural land. History of agriculture in Goa is very ancient and can be traced to the transition from food gathering to food growing. This chapter introduces Goa, portrays its climate and ecology and describes human migration and the beginning of agricultural operations in Goa leading to khazan ecosystems. It sets stage for the following chapters by providing sufficient knowledge about ecological and sociopolitical conditions in Goa.

Keywords

Goa West coast Agriculture Khazan Gaudas Gaud Saraswat Brahmins 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sangeeta M. Sonak
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  1. 1.Centre for Environment and Natural Resource Management, SrujanPanajiIndia

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