Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

The Sundarbans, Bangladesh

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2461

This site is located in the southwestern corner of Bangladesh and is adjacent to West Bengal, India. It is a river delta that was formed by the confluence and alluvial processes of the Ganges River, the Brahmaputra River and the Meghna River. Near the Bay of Bengal, the Sundarbans is one of the world’s largest mangrove reserves with a core protection area of 1,395 km2. The neighbouring Sundarbans National Park in India was added to the World Heritage List in 1987. The reserve is surrounded by tidal waterways, coastal mud and islands formed by salt-resistant mangroves. It has a variety of wild animals, including 260 bird species, Bengal tigers and endangered species such as estuarine crocodiles and Indian pythons.

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