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Smoky Haze Over Mouths of Ganges River, India and Bangladesh – December 4th, 2012

21.6N 89.2E

December 4th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Bangladesh – December 2nd, 2012

Smoke from agricultural fires in India blowing eastward over Bangladesh creates a hazy veil above the mouths of the Ganges River. The 2,525 km (1,569 mi) long river rises in the western Himalayas and flows south and east through the Gangetic Plain of North India into Bangladesh, where it empties into the Bay of Bengal. It is the longest river of India and is the second greatest river in the world by water discharge, as can be observed by the thick load of sediments it is releasing into the bay here. The dark green area by the coast is a large area of mangroves and wetlands known as the Sundarbans.

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