Ganges River, India

Ganges River, India

Courtesy of NASA/JPL/UCSD/JSC

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The Ganges Delta is south of where the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers meet and flow into the Bay of Bengal. The Ganges Delta is the largest in the world. Large quantities of sediments are emptied in the the Bay of bengal by the rivers.

The dark part of the delta is the Sundarbans, a wildlife preserve and mangrove swamp that is the largest habitat of the Bengal tiger left on Earth.

The Ganges is the most sacred river in India and many Hindus come to the river to be healed, wash away sins, or die near its banks.