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Image Caption: The mouths of the Hooghly and Ganges Rivers, India (22.0N, 89.0E) merge to form a delta or marshland at the Bay of Bengal. The dark toned area just behind the coast is a mangrove swamp where the salt water tolerant plants form a thick entanglement of roots to trap and retain riverborne sediments. The city of Calcutta on the Hooghly is above the delta and the adjacent area is some of the most densly populated agricultural areas of the world.