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Table 1 Change in human population and area occupied in Dharapuram taluk from 1800 to 1991

From: Evolution of sedentary pastoralism in south India: case study of the Kangayam grassland

Year Human population Human density (no/sq km) Occupied area (ha)
    Dry area Wet area Total
1991 395940 183    195786*
1881 195232 90 185799 3304 189103
1851 147224 68 121165 2989 124110
1800 70176 32 57755 1425 59158
    (26.7) (0.7) (27.3)
  1. * = Total area - (forest + barren & uncultivable area+ non agricultural use)
  2. Note: The human population of Dharapuram taluk in 1881 was 11.8% of the Coimbatore district. Based on this figure, the population before 1881 was derived from the population of Coimbatore district. Statistics for area occupied in 1861 was used to estimate the area occupied per person. Area occupied prior to 1861 was estimated by multiplying the area occupied per person (1861) and the human population of the respective years. Figures in parentheses indicate the percent of above.