The Ganges RiverThe Ganges River by Isaac & Claude

The Ganges Length is 2525km long (1560m).
The Ganges Source is at the edge of the Himalayas and the mouth is at the Bay of Bengal. The Ganges has the biggest river delta in the world and is ranked in the top five most polluted rivers in the world.
Here is a video for pollution in the Ganges

This is our link for the uses of the Ganges
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The Ganges River Information Report

The Ganges is a finite and vulnerable resource in Asia. It flows through India and Bangladesh and sustains life to a diverse variety of flora and fauna. The Ganges has an Ancient History filled with many religious myths and legends that have changed over time. People use the Ganges for farming washing and religious beliefs. The Ganges is based around two major issues that impact on flora, fauna and humans.

The Ganges River begins in the Himalayan Mountains, flows through India and Bangladesh and empties into the Bay of Bengal. The Ganges Source is the Himalayan Mountains as many rivers that form that Ganges as one river. The Ganges has a length of 2525km (1560miles). On this journey it flows through two countries, India and Bangladesh and flows through cities of Kannauj, Farakhabad and Kanpur. The Ganges River delta is the biggest river delta in the world that empties into the Bay of Bengal.

The Ganges River flows through a wide range of weather conditions providing habitats for a huge variety of flora and fauna. The Ganges weather conditions are ranged due to the icy weather in the Himalayan Mountains and the warm, humid weather in the Bay of Bengal. Every year from June to July a monsoon occurs, 84% of the rainfall in the Ganges occurs during this time. The Ganges is home to 140 different fish species, 90 amphibian species and the endangered Ganges river dolphin. The Ganges river basin is also home to 1 tenth of the worlds population, (400 million citizens).

The Ganges River has a rich and ancient history filled with myths and legends that show the culture that lives around the Ganges. 4000 years ago in the early Vedic Age of India, the Ganges was considered less sacred than the Indus River. The gangetic plains around the Ganges River have been the source of many empires such as the Maurya Empire and the Mughal Empire. In 1951, a water dispute for the Ganges came over India and Bangladesh because India was going to build a barrage called the Farraka on the Ganges to save water. Later it was solved and India built a barrage. Mother Ganges was an Indian goddess. Hindus believe that she poured herself down from heaven upon king Sarga’s sons and took them with her to heaven. Hindus give small offerings of flowers in the Ganges, they do this for it is believed to be holy.

The Ganges has a wide range of uses such as farming, religious beliefs and recreation. The Ganges is most often used for washing clothes, animals and yourself (mainly elephants). Agriculture is one of the main uses for the Ganges, over 60% of the population that live around the Ganges are farmers. Most farmers plant potatoes, lentils, oil seeds and wheat. Hindus use the Ganges holy water to cleanse themselves of sin. Along the Ganges there are many hotels such as Hotel Alka and The Hotel Ganges, these hotels have many activities such as canoeing.

The Ganges has two major issues that have a significant effect on flora, fauna and humans. The Ganges River is one of the top five most polluted rivers in the world, with human and animal diseases. This pollution causes diseases such as cholera which gives you muscle cramps, diarrhea and asthma. Cremation is the burning of the human body, in India most people can’t afford firewood for cremation. The legal law is you can half cremate the body then dump it in the river, this is a major issue that causes diseases the severly effects the human body.

By Claude Gray and Isaac Antico