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Rivers Crossing Bangladesh and Flowing into Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta – November 1st, 2011

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November 1st, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

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Bangladesh is in the low-lying Ganges–Brahmaputra River Delta or Ganges Delta. Here, several rivers can be seen flowing across the country, carrying tan sediments to this delta.

The 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.

The alluvial soil deposited by these rivers has created some of the most fertile plains in the world. Most parts of Bangladesh are less than 12 m (39.4 ft) above the sea level, and it is believed that about 10% of the land would be flooded if the sea level were to rise by 1 m (3.28 ft)

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