Intach conducted a heritage walk to Errimatti Dibbalu whose beauty fascinates people, to focus the attention of the citizens on the scientific and cultural aspects of this rare geographical formation.
It was a well attended walk represented by various sections of society like the members of the photography club, families of Naval officers, officers of HSBC and students of schools like Sri Prakash and Presidential School.
Professor of Geology in Andhra University, Rajasekhar Reddy, addressed the gathering and explained the ‘why and how' of the Erramatti Dibbalu. He said that the these formations had taken place about 18,000 years ago and were caused by various factors like marine activity in the region when earth passed through the ice age to melting of the sea waters, while it went through the convulsions before it took the present shape and that they were caused by the action of the sea and wind apart from weathering.
He said that these are unusual phenomena exclusive to Visakhapatnam. There are only three such formations in the South East Asia - one in Tamil Nadu called Teri Sands, second one in Sri Lanka and the third being in Visakhapatnam. Every citizen of Visakhapatnam is rightly proud of this unusual sight nature has bestowed on him or her close to the city, he stated.
“Just as we learn lessons from the past, present is a window to the future. The study of Erramatti Dibbalu is of great importance to the future generations as knowledge of these formations can throw a lot more light on the future of the earth. The preservation of these Erramatti Dibbalu is of prime importance to the students of earth sciences and posterity,” he observed.
An officer from the navy explained the precautions to be taken while proceeding on the walk as the ravines which are breathtakingly beautiful, can also be quite confusing and one may get lost.
The walk in the hot sun at ten in the morning was worth the effort. Mr. Sishir proposed a vote of thanks.