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Sundarbans and Ganges Delta Sediments, Bangladesh and India – February 28th, 2013

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February 28th, 2013 Category: Wetlands

Bangladesh – February 26th, 2013

The Sundarbans, visible here as a dark green area by the coast, surrounded by sediments, are the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. They cover parts of Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal, in the Ganges delta. The Sundarbans comprise a network of 108 swampy, low-lying islands. The region’s low elevation above sea-level and proximity to the coast make it particularly vulnerable to climate change, particularly to an increase in cyclones.

Sediments by the Sundarbans, Bangladesh and India

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October 24th, 2012 Category: Rivers, Sediments, Wetlands

India and Bangladesh – October 21st, 2012

Sediments flow off the coast of India (left) and Bangladesh (right), into the Bay of Bengal. A large part of this coastal area is the Sundarbans, in the mangrove-dominated Ganges Delta. Situated mostly in Bangladesh (81%), a smaller portion of it lies in India (19%). To the south the forest meets the Bay of Bengal; to the east it is bordered by the Baleswar River and to the north there is a sharp interface with intensively cultivated land. The natural drainage in the upstream areas, other than the main river channels, is everywhere impeded by extensive embankments and polders.

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).

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.