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Hooghly River and Sundarbans Forest, Bangladesh and India – March 29th, 2011

21.9N 88.8E

March 29th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments, Wetlands

Bangladesh - March 26th, 2011

The green area with multiple river channels along the coast of Bangladesh (right) and northeastern India (left), is the Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. The forest covers 10,000 sq.km.

The forest lies in the vast delta on the Bay of Bengal formed by the super confluence of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers across Saiyan southern Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. The seasonally-flooded Sundarbans freshwater swamp forests lie inland from the mangrove forests on the coastal fringe.

Sediments flow through the channels of the Sundarbans and into the Bay of Bengal. The Hooghly River can also be seen to the west of the forest, releasing tan sediments into the bay. The river is an approximately 260 km long distributary of the Ganges River in West Bengal, India. The river’s average depth is 200 ft and maximum depth is 381 ft.

 

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