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Brahmaputra River Flowing Down From Himalayas Towards Bay of Bengal

23.7N 92.7E

November 22nd, 2011 Category: Sediments

India, Myanmar and Bangladesh - November 8th, 2011

Flowing down from the Himalayas and diagonally across the upper part of this image of India, Bangladesh and Myanmar is the Brahmaputra River. From its origin in southwestern Tibet as the Yarlung Tsangpo River, it flows across southern Tibet to break through the Himalayas in great gorges and into Arunachal Pradesh (India) where it is known as Dihang.

It then flows southwest through the Assam Valley as Brahmaputra and south through Bangladesh as the Jamuna (not to be mistaken with Yamuna of India). In the vast Ganges Delta it merges with the Padma, the main distributary of the Ganges, then the Meghna, before emptying into the Bay of Bengal. Here, sediments from the delta can be seen giving part of the bay an opaque tan color.

 

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