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

22.0N 89.0E

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.

Smoky Haze Over Mouths of Ganges River, India and Bangladesh – December 4th, 2012

21.6N 89.2E

December 4th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Bangladesh – December 2nd, 2012

Smoke from agricultural fires in India blowing eastward over Bangladesh creates a hazy veil above the mouths of the Ganges River. The 2,525 km (1,569 mi) long river rises in the western Himalayas and flows south and east through the Gangetic Plain of North India into Bangladesh, where it empties into the Bay of Bengal. It is the longest river of India and is the second greatest river in the world by water discharge, as can be observed by the thick load of sediments it is releasing into the bay here. The dark green area by the coast is a large area of mangroves and wetlands known as the Sundarbans.

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.

Channels and Estuaries Along Bangladesh Coast – June 19th, 2012

22.1N 90.5E

June 19th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Rivers, Sediments

Bangladesh - November 24th, 2012

Sediments line the coast of Bangladesh on the Bay of Bengal. They appear most dense in the estuary of the Meghna River. To the west of the estuary, many channels can be seen as rows of parallel tan lines stretching from southern Bangladesh to the bay. Part of this area of river channels is a mangrove forest known as the Sundarbans.

Sediments Along Coast of Bangladesh

22.4N 89.9E

April 17th, 2012 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Bangladesh - April 14th, 2012

Sediments line the coast of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal, pouring out from the innumerous rivers and channels along the country’s coastline. Visible on the left side of the image is the Sundarban forest, lying in the vast delta on the Bay of Bengal formed by the super confluence of the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers across southern Bangladesh. The Sundarbans is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests.