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Fertile Plains of Bangladesh

23.5N 89.7E

July 29th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Bangladesh - July 23rd, 2011

This APM image of Bangladesh shows it’s river-crossed terrain. Bangladesh is in the low-lying Ganges–Brahmaputra River Delta, which is formed by the confluence of the Ganges (local name Padma), Brahmaputra (Jamuna), 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). Bangladesh is now widely recognized to be one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change.

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