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Bangladesh's Geography

Covering about 580 km of coastline along the Bay of Bengal is Bangladesh.  A low lying country, Bangladesh has trouble with flooding.  This is due to the number of rivers in the country and the fact that most of the habitable areas are found on a delta, one formed by the Brahmaputra and Ganges rivers.  The floodwaters bring a lot of rich, alluvial soil with them and houses in this area have to be built on platforms or high embankments.  These mud platforms and embankments are made from mud that is taken out during the dryer months (those without monsoons and the resulting flooding).  The holes or pits that are made by removing the mud are then filled with water.  This water is then used for drinking, bathing and irrigation.

Only a small portion of the country is considered hilly, the southeastern section.  In this area is found Bangladesh's highest peak, Mowdok Mual (3,291 ft/1.003 m). There are some insignificant hills found along the north and eastern borders with India and there are two remnants of alluvial terraces in the north central and northwestern portions of Bangladesh.  These are old terraces that are not nearly as fertile as the floodplain surrounding them.  These terraces reach up to about 100 ft in height (30 m).

 

Location:
Southern Asia, bordering the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and India
Geographic coordinates:
24 00 N, 90 00 E
Map references:
Asia
Area:
total: 143,998 sq km
country comparison to the world: 94
land: 130,168 sq km
water: 13,830 sq km
Area - comparative:
slightly smaller than Iowa
Land boundaries:
total: 4,246 km
border countries: Burma 193 km, India 4,053 km
Coastline:
580 km
Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 18 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: up to the outer limits of the continental margin
Climate:
Current Weather
tropical; mild winter (October to March); hot, humid summer (March to June); humid, warm rainy monsoon (June to October)
Terrain:
mostly flat alluvial plain; hilly in southeast
Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
highest point: Keokradong 1,230 m
Natural resources:
natural gas, arable land, timber, coal
Land use:
arable land: 55.39%
permanent crops: 3.08%
other: 41.53% (2005)
Irrigated land:
47,250 sq km (2003)
Total renewable water resources:
1,210.6 cu km (1999)
Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):
total: 79.4 cu km/yr (3%/1%/96%)
per capita: 560 cu m/yr (2000)
Natural hazards:
droughts; cyclones; much of the country routinely inundated during the summer monsoon season
Environment - current issues:
many people are landless and forced to live on and cultivate flood-prone land; waterborne diseases prevalent in surface water; water pollution, especially of fishing areas, results from the use of commercial pesticides; ground water contaminated by naturally occurring arsenic; intermittent water shortages because of falling water tables in the northern and central parts of the country; soil degradation and erosion; deforestation; severe overpopulation
Environment - international agreements:
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
Geography - note:
most of the country is situated on deltas of large rivers flowing from the Himalayas: the Ganges unites with the Jamuna (main channel of the Brahmaputra) and later joins the Meghna to eventually empty into the Bay of Bengal

 


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