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Brahmaputra River Crossing India and Bangladesh – October 11th, 2011

25.6N 89.6E

October 11th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Bangladesh - October 6th, 2011

This image shows the Brahmaputra River flowing across the Indian state of Assam and Bangladesh before emptying into the Bay of Bengal.

Located south of the eastern Himalayas, Assam comprises the Brahmaputra and the Barak river valleys along with the Karbi Anglong and the North Cachar Hills with an area of 30,285 square miles (78,440 km2).

The Brahmaputra River, the life-line of Assam, has steep gorges and rapids in Arunachal Pradesh entering Assam, becomes a braided river (at times 10 mi/16 km wide) and then with its tributaries, creates a flood plain (Brahmaputra Valley: 50–60 mi/80–100 km wide, 600 mi/1000 km long).

Bangladesh is in the low-lying Ganges–Brahmaputra River Delta or Ganges Delta. This delta is formed by the confluence of the Ganges (local name Padma or Pôdda), Brahmaputra (Jamuna or Jomuna also known as “Yamuna”), and Meghna rivers and their respective tributaries. The Ganges unites with the Jamuna (main channel of the Brahmaputra) and later joins the Meghna to eventually empty into the Bay of Bengal.

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