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Sediments by the Sundarbans, Bangladesh and India

22.0N 89.0E

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.

Sundarbans and Delta Area on Bay of Bengal, Southern Bangladesh

22.1N 89.9E

November 19th, 2011 Category: Rivers, Wetlands

Bangladesh - November 9th, 2011

This APM image shows the  vast delta on the Bay of Bengal formed by the super confluence of the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers across Saiyan, in southern Bangladesh.

The area is home to the Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world. 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. The interconnected network of waterways makes almost every corner of the forest accessible by boat.