Bangladesh consists mostly
of a low-lying river delta located on the Indian subcontinent with a largely
marshy jungle coastline on the Bay of Bengal known as the Sundarbans,
home to the (Royal) Bengal Tiger. The densely populated delta is formed
by the confluence of the Ganges (local name Padma), Brahmaputra (Jamuna),
and Meghna rivers and their tributaries as they flow down from the Himalayas.
Bangladesh's alluvial soil is highly fertile but vulnerable to both flood
and drought. Hills rise above the plain only in the Chittagong Hill Tracts
(highest point: the Keokradong at 1,230 m) in the far southeast and the
Sylhet division in the northeast.
Straddling the Tropic of Cancer, the Bangladeshi
climate is tropical with a mild winter from October to March, a hot, humid
summer from March to June, and a humid, warm rainy monsoon from June to
October. Natural calamities, such as floods, tropical cyclones, tornadoes,
and tidal bores affect the country almost every year, combined with the
effects of deforestation, soil degradation and erosion. Dhaka is the country's
capital and largest city, other major cities include Chittagong, Rajshahi,
and Khulna. Cox's Bazar, south of Chittagong, is the longest natural beach
in the world.
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