28 February, 2005

ganges river delta

ganges river delta, originally uploaded by timon and keely.

this landsat satellite image is of the ganges river as it empties into the bay of bengal. the delta is largely covered with a swamp forest known as the sunderbans, which is where you can find some remaining populastions of the royal bengal tiger. this is also where most of bangladesh lives, one of the world̢۪s most densely populated countries. roughly 120 million people live on the ganges delta under threat of repeated catastrophic floods due to heavy runoff of meltwater from the himalayas, and due to the intense rainfall during the monsoon season. this image looks a little weird, and beautiful, because is it a "false color" image using a specific group of wavelengths (green, infrared, and blue) reflected back to the satellite.

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