This art and informational project presents fascinating satellite views of important and scenic spots of Bangladesh. Views cover natural as well as man-made environments with great textural and contextual detail. Looking down from the sky always gives us a bigger picture, a better story. We add new image(s) each week to tell a new tale. So you may want to stay tuned and check back.
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Putney Island of Sundarbans, Khulna : Growing like a baby
Located at the south-western part of Sundarbans, this small island with 4.2 sq.km. area has been going through geological formation process primarily driven by the flow dynamics of the Bay of Bengal. The southern part of this island is still under development, while stable northern part has gained much of salinity tolerant species. The sandy white shorelines and contiguous low lying areas are inundated by tidal waves twice a day.
Shrimp Farms and Mangroves, Khulna : Coexistence and minding their own business
These stunning views show co-existence of shrimp farms and Sundarbans reserved forest divided by the protective river line (upper image) and closeup look of shrimp farms' layouts (lower image). Shrimp farms are common in the south-western part of Bangladesh due to availability of brackish water from tidal flow of the Bay of Bengal. Since 70s numerous shrimp farms have been established by converting agricultural land into export oriented fishery industry.
Saint Martin Island, Teknaf : Corals are beautiful beings!
The only coral reef island, located at the most south-eastern tip of Bangladesh, offers a rich diversity of corals. With 8 sq. km. area this small island is a major touristic place for locals and foreigners. There has been a debate on whether tourism should be limited to protect coral ecosystem. Most of the island's inhabitants (approximately 3,700) live primarily from fishing. Other livelihood sources are rice and coconut.
Chittagong Sea Port, Chittagong : Lifeline of trade
Opened in 1887, the Port of Chittagong is the largest seaport in Bangladesh that has been playing an essential part in international trade and economic development of the country. It is located by the estuary of the Karnaphuli River, next to the Chittagong city. In 2011 the port handled 43 million tonnes of cargo and 1.4 million tonnes of containers. Chittagong port is ranked as world's 90th busiest sea hub in the world in 2013. The image below shows upstream part of the port.
Teesta Barrage, Rangpur : Let's irrigate and end drought
The barrage is a 615 meter long structure with 44 gates with the discharge capacity of 12,750 cusec of water. It is used to divert 280 cusec of water for irrigation through a canal taking off on the right bank. The construction of the barrage started in 1979 and completed in 1998. However, according to Bangladesh Water Development Board the withdrawal of water at the Indian barrage upstream has been reducing the flow considerably, affecting irrigation in drought prone northern districts of Bangladesh.
Jamuna Bridge (Bangabandhu bridge) : Connecting People
This is the longest bridge in Bangladesh, 6th longest in South Asia and 11th longest in the world with 5.63 km. length. Constructed on the Jamuna (Brahmaputra) river in 1998, the bridge connects the eastern with the western region of the country. Other than transportation, it facilitates transmission of electricity, natural gas supply and telecommunication links. It has spurred economic development of eastern and northern region as well as benefited western regional economics after it's inception.
Hardinge and Lalon Shah Bridge : Still Parallel
Hardinge is a 1.8 kilometer long railway bridge (left one in the image) constructed in 1912, named after a colonial Viceroy Lord Hardinge. It connects Kustia (lower bank in the image) and Pabna district (upper bank) and contributed to the regional transportation and economic development.
Lalon Shah bridge (right one in the image) was constructed in 2004 to facilitate road transportation. It was named after early 19th century's mystic and humanistic poet and song writer Fakir Lalon Shah. Both bridges are on the Ganges, a major river flowing thousands of miles from India to the Bay of Bengal.
Meghna Bridges : Megh.. Cloud.. Meghna..
Meghna river has one railway bridge (popularly known as Bhairab bridge) and one roadway bridge knows as Meghna bridge. The railway bridge was constructed in 1937 primarily to connect the capital Dhaka with the port city Chittagong. The roadway bridge was constructed in 1991 with the funding from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The length of these bridges are about 1 kilometer, enabling transportation and trade between north-eastern region, and the south eastern region.
Kaptai Hydroelectric Dam, Rangamati : Still Lighting up!
Kaptai Dam is located on the Karnaphuli River at Kaptai, Rangamati district; 65 kilometers (40 mi) upstream from the Chittagong city. It was constructed in 1962, an earth-fill embankment dam with a reservoir capacity of 6,477 million cubic meters, to generate hydroelectricity. With generators of 230 megawatts (310,000 hp), the Karnaphuli Hydroelectric Power Station was commissioned in 1962.
Pablakhali Wild Life Sanctuary (IUCN protected area)
Rangamati, Khagrachari : Green is so good!
Pablakhali is an IUCN protected area, got its designation as wild life sanctuary in 1983. It is a mixed-species type forest with 42,000 hectares located in the northern part of Chittagong Hill Tracts and offers a great richness of biodiversity. The upper image shows colorful tree tops as deciduous trees change colors during the winter of January 2011. Lower image shows part of Pablakhali forest range.
Wetlands and People : Another kind of living
Typical village life in wetland areas of Bangladesh is like travelling on a boat through time - plenty of agricultural lands around during dry season, and surrounded by miles long waterbody during rainy season. First image of March 2016 shows a village with crop lands in Chalan Beel wetland, a large wetland in the north-eastern part of Bangladesh (Natore district). Second image of October 2011 shows another village of Chalan Beel surrounded by monsoon water. Third image of August 2003 shows a village cluster in Hakaluki Haor wetland (Kishoreganj district) captivated by waterbody. People in these seasonal wetlands live on fishing during monsoon and produce crop during winter (dry) season utilizing the same land. Hakaluki and Chalan Beel are Ecologically Critical Area (ECA) and Ramsar designated site. The wetland areas of Bangladesh offers a great diversity of inland freshwater fish and crop species.
Sandwip Island, Chittagong : 3000 years in the ocean
This 762 sq. km. island is located at the south-eastern coast of Bangladesh, at the estuary of the Meghna river on the Bay of Bengal. Sandwip is about 3,000 years old, accommodating nearly 350,000 people (2011) with density of 440 people per sq.km. The first image shows sedimentary sea, black/grey low lying shore, green band of mangrove and agricultural land (from left to right order). This is a 6.5 km. long strip along the east coast depicting the diversity of land forms. The panchromatic image below captures about 50 sq. km. of land along the western coast of the island, emphasizing waterbodies such as ponds and lakes (black squares and dots). As can be inferred from the shapes, most of these water bodies are dug by villagers primarily for fishery and to elevate homesteads. The shadowy grey strokes at the bottom of the image depicts water and sediment flow of the Bay of Bengal.
Cox's Bazar and Inani Beach, Chittagong : Blue or green?
Cox's Bazar beach and Inani beach attracts a substantial portion of domestic tourists of the country.
Uttara Lake, Uttara, Dhaka : Breath breath...
Located at North-Western part of Dhaka, this lake provides a breathing space for busy urban dwellers. After loosing many lakes due to urban expansion, this one (including few others) are the lifeline of overcrowded capital city.
Dhanmondi Lake, Dhanmondi, Dhaka : Jog and talk
The lake provides an excellent space for leisure hungry people of the city. It offers quite and green pathways for joggers and visitors, and has a spacious cultural space for occasional festivals.
Khalishpur Industrial Zone, Khulna : Once Upon A Time
This industrial area of Khulna city was once very vibrant and busy due to industrial activities - manly jute processing and paper production. However since 90s, after collapse of major government owned industries due to corruption of higher officials (which trickled down to the lowest level) and political unwise decisions, this entire town was devastated by layoffs and unemployment that led to migration of staffs out of this area. The collapse has had a great impact on regional economy that has led continual migration of people from Khulna city.
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