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Sediments in Ganges Delta and Gulf of Martaban, Bangladesh and Myanmar – November 11th, 2011

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November 11th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Myanmar and Bangladesh - November 8th, 2011

Two large, sediment filled bays can be seen in this image of Bangladesh (left) and Myanmar (right). Visible in southern Myanmar is the Gulf of Martaban, filled with sediments by the Salween Sittaung and Yangon Rivers. Visible in Bangladesh is the Ganges Delta, where sediments enter into the Bay of Bengal.

The Ganges Delta (also known as the Ganges–Brahmaputra Delta, the Sunderbans Delta, or the Bengalla Delta) is a river delta in Bangladesh and the state of West Bengal, India. It is the world’s largest delta, approximately 350 km (220 mi) across at the Bay of Bengal.

A number of large rivers flow through the Ganges Delta, including the Padma (main distributary of the Ganges) and the Jamuna (main distributary of the Brahmaputra), which merge and then join the Meghna before entering the sea.

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