Infrared SPOT satellite image of the Ganges Delta

Infrared SPOT satellite image of the Ganges Delta

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Credit: CNES, 1987 DISTRIBUTION SPOT IMAGE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ganges Delta, India. Infrared SPOT satellite image of part of the Ganges Delta in India, just south of Calcutta (not visible). North is towards the top. Vegetation appears red, water blue (but paler where rich in sediment), exposed sediment white, mangrove swamp bright red. The main river here is called the Hugli. Note the huge amount of sediment being washed into the Bay of Bengal. The Ganges Delta is a vast flood plain with hundreds of small streams and rivers (see right). Its fertile, low- lying land is intensively farmed and subject to annual floods by the monsoon. Image produced by one of the French SPOT satellites in January.

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Keywords: delta, environment, from space, ganges, ganges delta, geography, hugli, india, indian, river, river delta, river ganges, satellite, sea level, spot imagery, spot satellite

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