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The Ganges River Crossing the Lower Gangetic Plain, Bangladesh

23.8N 89.2E

September 22nd, 2009 Category: Rivers

Bangladesh - September 6th, 2009

Bangladesh - September 6th, 2009

The Ganges River flows east across the Gangetic Plain of northern India into Bangladesh. Here, a portion of the 2,510 km (1,560 mi) river in Bangladesh can be observed.

The Ganges and its tributaries drain a 1,000,000-square-kilometre (390,000 sq mi) fertile basin that supports one of the world’s highest density of human beings.

Roughly 80 % of Bangladesh’s landmass is made up of fertile alluvial lowland called the Bangladesh Plain. The plain is part of the larger Plain of Bengal, which is sometimes called the Lower Gangetic Plain.

Although altitudes up to 105 meters above sea level occur in the northern part of the plain, most elevations are less than 10 meters above sea level; elevations decrease in the coastal south, where the terrain is generally at sea level.

With such low elevations and numerous rivers, water—and concomitant flooding—is a predominant physical feature. About 10,000 square kilometers of the total area of Bangladesh is covered with water, and larger areas are routinely flooded during the monsoon season.

2 Responses to “The Ganges River Crossing the Lower Gangetic Plain, Bangladesh”

  1. 1
    Bob Joe :

    why is there a flashing red dot???

  2. 2
    EOSnap :

    The flashing red dot on the map indicates the area of the world visible in the satellite imagery.

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