Ganges' dazzling delta

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This Envisat image shows the Ganges Delta, the world’s largest delta, in the south Asia area of Bangladesh (shown) and India. The delta plain, about 350-km wide along the Bay of Bengal, is formed by the meeting of the rivers Ganges, the Brahmaputra and Meghna.

The world’s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, is located where the land meets the water. The Sundarbans forest spans Bangladesh and India, with each country’s forest listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Sundarbans, which translates as 'beautiful forest' in Bengali, provide critical habitat for numerous species, including the Bengal tiger and the estuarine crocodile.

Last modified 11 March 2010

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