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River Systems and Tidal Courses

  • Gautam Kumar Das
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Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 11)

Abstract

The Sunderbans are drained by numerous interconnected rivulets, tidal creeks or inlets and estuaries. The tides and waves in these water bodies coupled with other geological and tectonic processes are responsible for significant morpho-dynamic changes in the macrotidal coastline. Extensive blanket of flood plain deposit, low ridges of natural levees, channel bars associated with various environmentally significant sedimentary structures characterise the lower estuarine zone. The other conspicuous landforms are mudflats, back swamps, salt marshes, tidal creeks with mangrove, coastal dunes, beaches, tidal flats etc. Construction of embankment for protection of erosion in Sunderbans is found to have an adverse impact on the fragile ecology of the Sunderbans.

Keywords

Sunderbans Tidal rivers Channels Estuary Bedforms Point bars Levees Mudflats 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gautam Kumar Das
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  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia

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