Photograph by James P. Blair
This place truly is constantly changing. • Sitting on the largest river delta in the world, crouched beside the Bay of Bengal, this low-lying land sees its very soil renewed like clockwork each spring as the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers deliver countless tons of mineral-rich silt. • The world’s third largest Muslim nation, after Indonesia and Pakistan, Bangladesh is one of the most crowded places on the planet. • It's also home to many spectacular river-swimming Bengal tigers. • Over time, it has assimilated the beliefs of Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Jainism, all of which may be seen in its cultural life today.
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