Month: April 2012

Morni Wildlife (Herpetofauna): Kashmir Rock Agama

Kashmir Rock Agama (Laudakia tuberculata)- a common, medium-sized (5-6 inch), brownish lizard  found in the Himalayas. It is terrestrial and lives in holes and crevices and stone walls. The stone ‘dangahs’ or retaining walls in Morni have these olive-brown lizards living in the holes left as an outlet for releasing the percolated rainwater.  Kashmie agama is omnivorous and …

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Classification of Agricultural Land in Morni

P.S. Melvill’s Ambala Settlement Report 1855 presented an interesting classification of agricultural land in Morni with many terms being still in usage with the revenue department. MELVILL’s 19th CENTURY CLASSIFICATION OF AGRICULTURAL LAND IN MORNI KOOLAHOO Land watered from kools (i.e., small water-courses from a stream etc.). Such land was ploughed. BARANEE (OBUR) Land ‘dependent …

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