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Dhaka on Banks of Buriganga River, Bangladesh

April 7th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Bangladesh - April 6th, 2012

This APM image shows the city of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, appearing here as a yellowish area. The city is located in central Bangladesh on the eastern banks of the Buriganga River. The city lies on the lower reaches of the Ganges Delta and covers a total area of 360 square kilometres (140 sq mi). Tropical vegetation and moist soils characterize the land, which is flat and close to sea level. This leaves Dhaka susceptible to flooding during the monsoon seasons owing to heavy rainfall and cyclones (click here to see images of cyclones near Bangladesh).

Rivers Crossing Sundarbans and Barguna District, Bangladesh

22.0N 89.8E

February 10th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Bangladesh - January 7th, 2012

Visible along the left edge of this APM image of southern Bangladesh is the easternmost part of the Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. The Sundarban forest lies in the vast delta on the Bay of Bengal formed by the super confluence of the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers across Saiyan southern Bangladesh. The seasonally-flooded Sundarbans freshwater swamp forests lie inland from the mangrove forests on the coastal fringe.

The Sundarbans is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests. Here, even after moving farther eastward beyond the limits of the forest, one can still see many rivers in the Barguna District. The district has a total area of 1831.31 km². Important rivers of Barguna district include the Payra River, Bishkhali River and the Baleshwar River.

Dhaka on Banks of Buriganga River, Bangladesh

23.7N 90.4E

February 8th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Bangladesh - January 7th, 2012

This APM image shows the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is the capital of Bangladesh and the principal city of Dhaka Division. Dhaka is a megacity and one of the major cities of South Asia. Along with its metropolitan area, the city had a population of over 16 million in 2011, making it the largest city in Bangladesh. It is the 9th largest city in the world and also 28th among the most densely populated cities in the world.

Dhaka is located in central Bangladesh, on the eastern banks of the Buriganga River. The city lies on the lower reaches of the Ganges Delta and covers a total area of 360 square kilometres (140 sq mi). Tropical vegetation and moist soils characterize the land, which is flat and close to sea level. This leaves Dhaka susceptible to flooding during the monsoon seasons owing to heavy rainfall and cyclones.

Estuary of Cross River, Nigeria and Cameroon

4.8N 8.2E

February 2nd, 2012 Category: Rivers

Nigeria and Cameroon - January 1st, 2012

This APM image shows the estuary of the Cross River (native name: Oyono River), the main river in southeastern Nigeria, giving its name to Cross River State. It originates in Cameroon, where it takes the name of the Manyu River.

Over its last 80 km to the sea its flows through swampy rainforest with numerous creeks and forms an inland delta near its confluence with the Calabar River, about 20 km wide and 50 km long between the cities of Oron on the west bank and Calabar, on the east bank, more than 30 km from the open sea. The delta empties into a broad estuary which it shares with a few smaller rivers. At its mouth in the Atlantic Ocean the estuary is 24 km wide. The eastern side of the estuary is in the neighbouring country of Cameroon.

The Cross River forms a boundary between two tropical moist forest ecoregions, the Cross-Niger transition forests which lie west of the river, between the Cross and Niger Rivers, and the Cross-Sanaga-Bioko coastal forests, which lie to the east between the Cross River and the Sanaga River of Cameroon.

Ottawa, Capital City of Canada, at Confluence of Ottawa and Rideau Rivers

45.4N 75.6W

January 27th, 2012 Category: Rivers

Canada - January 5th, 2012

This APM image shows the city of Ottawa, the capital of Canada. The city centre is located at the confluence of the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers. The Ottawa River forms the entire northern boundary of the city (which appears bright green in this image), which it shares with the province of Quebec’s municipalities of Pontiac and Gatineau.

Here, Gatineau can be seen as an orange area across the Ottawa River, which also forms the border between Ontario and Quebec. The highest point in the Ottawa is 166 m (545 ft) above sea level, while the lowest point in the city is the Ottawa River, at 44m above sea level. Located on a major, yet mostly dormant fault line,[50] Ottawa is occasionally struck by earthquakes.

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