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Sundarbans and Ganges Delta Sediments, Bangladesh and India – February 28th, 2013

22.0N 89.0E

February 28th, 2013 Category: Wetlands

Bangladesh – February 26th, 2013

The Sundarbans, visible here as a dark green area by the coast, surrounded by sediments, are the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. They cover parts of Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal, in the Ganges delta. The Sundarbans comprise a network of 108 swampy, low-lying islands. The region’s low elevation above sea-level and proximity to the coast make it particularly vulnerable to climate change, particularly to an increase in cyclones.

Sediments by the Sundarbans, Bangladesh and India

22.0N 89.0E

October 24th, 2012 Category: Rivers, Sediments, Wetlands

India and Bangladesh – October 21st, 2012

Sediments flow off the coast of India (left) and Bangladesh (right), into the Bay of Bengal. A large part of this coastal area is the Sundarbans, in the mangrove-dominated Ganges Delta. Situated mostly in Bangladesh (81%), a smaller portion of it lies in India (19%). To the south the forest meets the Bay of Bengal; to the east it is bordered by the Baleswar River and to the north there is a sharp interface with intensively cultivated land. The natural drainage in the upstream areas, other than the main river channels, is everywhere impeded by extensive embankments and polders.

Rivers Crossing Sundarbans and Barguna District, Bangladesh

22.0N 89.8E

February 10th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Bangladesh - January 7th, 2012

Visible along the left edge of this APM image of southern Bangladesh is the easternmost part of the Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. The Sundarban forest lies in the vast delta on the Bay of Bengal formed by the super confluence of the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers across Saiyan southern Bangladesh. The seasonally-flooded Sundarbans freshwater swamp forests lie inland from the mangrove forests on the coastal fringe.

The Sundarbans is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests. Here, even after moving farther eastward beyond the limits of the forest, one can still see many rivers in the Barguna District. The district has a total area of 1831.31 km². Important rivers of Barguna district include the Payra River, Bishkhali River and the Baleshwar River.

Hoogly River and Sundarbans, Coastal India and Bangladesh – December 4th, 2011

22.3N 88.2E

December 4th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Wetlands

India - November 26th, 2011

Rivers in West Bengal, India and Bangladesh can be observed on the right side of this image, empyting sediments into the Bay of Bengal. Visible near the image center is the wide Hooghly River, a distributary of the Ganges River of approximately 260 kilometres (160 mi) in length.

To the east of the Hooghly River is the Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. The forest lies in the vast delta on the Bay of Bengal formed by the super confluence of the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers across southern Bangladesh. The seasonally-flooded Sundarbans freshwater swamp forests lie inland from the mangrove forests on the coastal fringe.

Sundarbans and Delta Area on Bay of Bengal, Southern Bangladesh

22.1N 89.9E

November 19th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Wetlands

Bangladesh - November 9th, 2011

This APM image shows the  vast delta on the Bay of Bengal formed by the super confluence of the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers across Saiyan, in southern Bangladesh.

The area is home to the Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. The seasonally-flooded Sundarbans freshwater swamp forests lie inland from the mangrove forests on the coastal fringe.

The Sundarbans is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests. The interconnected network of waterways makes almost every corner of the forest accessible by boat.

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