Mention the alternative names of river Brahmaputra

The three alternative names for the river Brahmaputra are

  • Jamuna in Bangladesh
  • Tsangpo-Brahmaputra and Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibet

About Brahmaputra River system

  • The Brahmaputra river originates from Mansarovar Lake, which also acts as a source of the Indus and Sutlej
  • The length of the river is 3848kms
  • Most of the part of the river lies outside India
  • It flows parallel to the Himalayan range in the eastward direction
  • When it reaches the place Namcha Barwa, it takes a U-turn around it and enters the country India in the state of Arunachal Pradesh
  • In India, the river is also known as the Dihang River
  • It flows through the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam and is connected by various tributaries
  • The Brahmaputra has a braided channel which covers most of its length in Assam
  • The river is known as the Tsangpo in Tibet
  • It receives less amount of water and has less silt in the Tibet region
  • The river passes through a region of heavy precipitation in India and the river carries large amounts of water during rainfall and a significant amount of silt
  • It is referred to as one of the largest rivers in India in terms of Volume
  • It is well known for creating the natural calamity in Assam and Bangladesh

Largest delta formed by Brahmaputra River

The Ganges Brahmaputra Delta is the largest delta in the world. The Gangers Brahmaputra is also referred to Ganges Delta, Sunderban Delta or Bengal Delta. The three major rivers namely Ganga, Brahmaputra and Megna of the country form this huge delta.

Characteristics of Ganges Brahmaputra Delta

  • It is located in India and some part in Bangladesh in the continent of Asia
  • 23°06’N, 90°21’E is the exact location as the per the attitude and longitude
  • The area occupies by this delta is approximately 105641 km2
  • The total number of river mouths to this delta is 8
  • Major cities associated with this are Delta are Kolata and Dhaka
  • All these three rivers drain a catchment of about 1.72 million km2, at the southern side of the Himalaya
  • It the most fertile region in the world
  • Almost two-thirds of the delta is present in Bangladesh, the rest comprises the state of West Bengal, India
  • Along the coast, the width of the delta comes to be around 350 km
  • The distance from the confluence of the Brahmaputra and the Ganges to the coast is around 250 km
  • Downstream the confluence, the river is named Padma
  • About halfway of the Padma river, the river Meghna joins
  • Approximately 130 million inhabitants, the Ganges delta males its name to the most densely populated areas in the entire world (1.300 inh/km2)

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