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  CMS: Platanista gangetica, Ganges river dolphin, susu
(1997) estimated the population of Ganges River dolphin in the river Brahmaputra from South Salmara to Sadiya to be 400.
The long-term implications of the reduction of dry-season flows in the Ganges are catastrophic for the survival of susus.
- Mohan RSL, Dey SC, Bairagi SP (1998) On a resident population of the Ganges River dolphin Platanista gangetica in the Kulsi River (Assam) a tributary of Brahmaputra.
www.cms.int /reports/small_cetaceans/data/P_gangetica/p_gangetica.htm   (4330 words)

 The River Ganga (Ganges)
Other important rivers that merge with the Ganga are the Son, which originates in the hills of Madhya Pradesh, the Gomti which flows past Lucknow, and the Chambal made notorious by the ravines in its valley which are noted for lawlessness and banditry, including the recent
The Ganga, especially, is the river of India, beloved of her people, round which are intertwined her memories, her hopes and fears, her songs of triumph, her victories and her defeats.
Another explanation for the same name is based on the word for knee in Sanskrit, Janu (akin to genus in latin), + the case form for "born of" yield Jahnavi; this is from a version of the story in which the saint released it through a slit at the knee.
www.cse.iitk.ac.in /~amit/other/ganges.html   (2014 words)

 Ganges River,Ganga River,Ganges River India,River Ganga,Ganges River in India,Ganga River India   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The holiest of all the rivers, Ganga or the Ganges is a perennial river, which is held in high regard by the Hindus.
Other important rivers that merge with the Ganga are the Son, which originates in the hills of Madhya Pradesh, the Gomti which flows past Lucknow, and the Chambal made notorious by the ravines in its valley.
Riding the Ganges is an exhilarating experience and its this apparent invincible power of this river that has attracted the adventurer to the challenging sport of river rafting.
www.travel-himalayas.com /rivers-himalayas/ganga-ganges-river.html   (870 words)

 The Ganges River   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Ganges then followed Bhagiratha out of the mountains, across the plains to the sea, where she restored his dead ancestors and lifted them to paradise.
As the Ganges brought to life the ashes of Bhagiratha’s ancestors, so all Hindus believe that if the ashes of their dead are deposited in the river, they will be ensured a smooth transition to the next life, or freed from the cycle of death and rebirth.
Runoff from farms in the Ganges basin adds chemical fertilizers and pesticides such as DDT, which is banned in the United States because of its toxic and carcinogenic effects on humans and wildlife.
www.sacredland.org /world_sites_pages/Ganges.html   (1491 words)

 Ganges River Dolphin
The Ganges River Dolphin has a long beak which thickens toward the tip, revealing the large teeth; the mouthline curves upward.
Ganges River Dolphins are gray-brown in color, and sometimes with a pinkish belly,
The Ganges River Dolphin are found in the the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.
www.endangeredandrareanimals.com /ganges_river_dolphins.htm   (224 words)

 Ganges River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The river has a long history of reverence in India and is worshipped by Hindus as a goddess.
Swollen by the waters of a wide basin that draws from watersheds as diverse as the Himalayas and the Aravallis, the Ganga forms a formidable current in the stretch between Allahabad and Malda, and thereafter, a large delta.
In Hinduism, the river Ganga (feminine) is sacred.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ganges_River   (1883 words)

 The Mysterious, Endangered River Sharks (Glyphis spp.)
The river sharks (genus Glyphis) are members of the family Carcharhinidae, and thus share the basic characteristics of the group.
River sharks in tropical rivers of northern Australia seem to be adapted to waters with very low dissolved oxygen content compared with the Bull Shark, which occurs in many of the same rivers.
River sharks may not be particularly dangerous or flashy, but they are rare creatures that add to the diversity and mystery of our world.
www.elasmo-research.org /conservation/river_sharks.htm   (1767 words)

 Water Resources and Population Pressures in the Ganges River Basin, Haroun Er Rashid
The Ganges River (known as the Ganges-Padma River in Bangladesh) begins in the central Himalayas and flows 2,500 kilometers to the Bay of Bengal.
To the north of the Ganges, the large tributaries are Ramganga, Gomati, Ghagra, Gandak, Saptkosi, and the Mahananda.
It is bordered by India to the west, by the Ganges (Padma) and Lower Meghna rivers to the north and east, and by the Bay of Bengal to the south.
www.aaas.org /international/ehn/waterpop/bang.htm   (6468 words)

 Rishikesh Travel, Tour Packages, Tours, Hotels, Holidays Or Vacation In Rishikesh
The entire group of ashrams, which are situated on the eastern bank of the river, Ganges is known as Swargashram.
During monsoon season, the water level of the river Ganges increases considerably along with the speed of the current.
River rafting is possible at Brahmpuri, 10 km from Rishikesh, and on the rapids at Shivpuri, 18 km from Rishikesh.
us.makemytrip.com /destination/rishikesh/ganges-river-rafting.htm   (862 words)

 Animal Info - Indus River Dolphin
The Indus River dolphin is endemic to the rivers of the lower Indus River basin in Pakistan.
The main reason for the decline of the Indus River dolphin was the construction of numerous dams and barrages, starting in the 1930's, that have fragmented the population and reduced the amount of available habitat.
When the Indus was a free-flowing river, the Indus River dolphin would migrate upstream into the smaller tributaries during the monsoon rains and migrate downstream to the main channels in the dry season.
www.animalinfo.org /species/cetacean/platmino.htm   (1328 words)

 Ganges and Indus River Dolphin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica gangetica) and Indus River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica minor) are two sub-species of freshwater or river dolphins found in India and Pakistan.
The Ganges River Dolphin is primarily found in River Ganges and its tributaries in India while the Indus River Dolphin is found in the Indus river in Pakistan.
The Indus subspecies resides primarily in the Indus River in Pakistan.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ganges_River_Dolphin   (900 words)

 WWF | Whales and Dolphins | Ganges River Dolphins
This unique and endangered river dolphin is distinguishable from its marine cousins in several ways, including its pudgy body, extra-long, sharp-toothed beak, and the fact that it is almost completely blind and has a very primitive brain structure.
Because Ganges River dolphins are so hard to observe in the murky waters they inhabit, most behavioral research has been performed on captive animals.
While the stretch of river upstream from a dam becomes a virtual lake, the downstream segment slows to a trickle of its former volume.
www.worldwildlife.org /cetaceans/subspecies/subspecies_grd.cfm   (448 words)

 Kamat's Potpourri: The River Ganga (Ganges)
The Ganga river, also known as the Ganges is a major river (length: about 1500 miles) of the Indian subcontinent, formed in the southern ranges of the Himalayas, in the state of Uttaranchal.
Between the Meghna estuary and the west channel of the Hoogli river are the several mouths of the deltaic channels.
Despite of the enormous pollution the river has absorbed in the last few decades, Ganga river continues to attract millions for the intense experience she provides -- be it a photographic opportunities or the opportunity to cleanse one's sins.
www.kamat.com /indica/rivers/ganga.htm   (748 words)

 The River Ganges
An offshoot of this is the reverence accorded to rivers as a gesture of acknowledgement of their life sustaining abilities in primarily agrarian societies.
The Story of the descent of Ganga: Ganga, the heavenly river was brought down to the earth through the efforts of the ruler Bhagiratha.
Course of the River Ganga: Follow the river from its origin in the Himalayas all the way to its confluence with the ocean, through ancient pilgrimage towns and cities.
www.templenet.com /Ganga/ganga.html   (306 words)

 WWF - Ganges River survey shows urgent need to help river dolphins
River dolphins are at the apex of the aquatic food chain, and their presence in adequate numbers indicates rich biodiversity in the river system.
The survey, part of WWF-India's major river dolphin conservation initiative launched in 1997, ‘Status Assessment and Conservation of Ganges River Dolphin in India’, was led by Dr Sandeep Behera of WWF-India along with two Rangers and twelve foresters from the state forest department and two members of the Nature Exploration Group, Narora.
However safeguards against frequent recurrences of dolphin deaths in a few stretches of the river must be implemented to safeguard the population.
www.panda.org /news_facts/newsroom/news/index.cfm?uNewsID=5346   (660 words)

 Ganges River in India,Ganga Holy River,Indian Holy Ganges River in India
The holy river is fed by the melting snows of peaks Nanda Devi, Gurla, Mandhata, Dhaulagiri, Gesaisthan, Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest.
Legend has it that this ghat on the banks of river Ganges was constructed by King Vikramaditya in the memory of his brother Bhartrihari.
The Ganges covers a distance of 1557 miles beginning from the point of origin till she ultimately merges into the ocean.
www.vacationsindia.com /ganges.html   (1057 words)

 Ganges.html   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Floods of the Ganges have enriched the soil.
At the upper part of the Ganges River, electricity is generated at the waterfalls of the Ganges River.
Drinking-Many cities get their drinking water from the Ganges, which is a large problem because the water is very polluted in some parts of the Ganges.
schools.4j.lane.edu /spencerbutte/StudentProjects/Rivers/ganges.html   (498 words)

 Ganga Dashahara
River Ganga is worshipped as a mother as well as a Goddess, particularly by people of Uttara Pradesh, Bihar, and Bengal through which the river flows.
This ensnared and delayed the progress of the river which, in meandering through the labyrinth of his hair, lost its force and then gently descended to the Himalayas from whence it flowed to the plains bestowing its waters on the parched earth.
The Ganges is believed to flow in the three worlds: in heaven it is called Mandakini, on earth the Ganges (or Ganga), and in the nether region the Bhagirathi.
www.hknet.org.nz /parishad98.htm   (4681 words)

 Ganga River,Ganges River,Ganges River India,River Ganga,Ganges India,Ganges River Information
Maps of U.P. The holiest of all the rivers, Ganga or the Ganges is a perennial river, which is held in high regard by the Hindus.
Ganga, the heavenly river was brought down to the earth through the efforts of king Bhagiratha, who underwent great penances to wash away the sins of his forefathers.
Ganga river follows the course from its origin in the Himalayas all the way to its confluence with the ocean, through ancient pilgrimage towns and cities of India.
www.indiantravelportal.com /uttar-pradesh/rivers/ganga.html   (465 words)

 Ganges River,India Ganges River,Holy River in India   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The river known as the Ganges is officially and popularly known by its Hindu name, Ganga.
The Ganges river basin is one of the most fertile and densely populated in the world and covers an area of 400 000 sq miles (1 000 000 sq km).
The Ganges water is considered to be holy and Hindus cast the ashes of their dead in the river in the belief that this will guide the souls of the deceased straight to paradise.
www.famous-india.com /rivers-in-india/ganges-river.html   (596 words)

 Animal Info - Ganges River Dolphin
The Indus and Ganges River dolphin populations, previously treated as separate species, have recently been reduced to subspecies of a single species.
Deliberate killing of Ganges River dolphins for meat and oil is believed to have declined in most areas, but it still occurs in some locations.
Brackish waters are a major component of the total range, but the Ganges River dolphin is not generally known to occur in salinities greater than 10 ppt, although it has been recorded in waters as saline as 23 ppt.
www.animalinfo.org /species/cetacean/platgang.htm   (1848 words)

 Ganges River Dolphin - Terai Arc - WWF - Expeditions in Conservation
The Ganges river dolphin is found in the river systems of India, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
Because Ganges river dolphins often live in murky waters, it is difficult to observe them in the wild, with most behavioral research being performed on captive animals.
The Ganges river dolphin faces several dangers, the greatest being habitat alterations caused by the proliferation of dams, which cuts off upstream migration of the dolphin and its prey.
www.worldwildlife.org /expeditions/teraiarc/wl_dolphins.html   (360 words)

 CNN - Hindu river of redemption dangerously polluted - May 17, 1998
Now he hopes to lead a river cleanup using his dual strengths -- as the eighth generation of his family to head the prominent Hindu temple and as a scientist.
Hundreds of millions of Hindus worldwide revere the Ganges, which emerges from a Himalayan glacier in northern India and flows through the heart of the country into the Bay of Bengal 1,646 miles away.
Varanasi is one of 114 cities that dump sewage in the Ganges.
www.cnn.com /EARTH/9805/17/ganges.pollution.ap   (1199 words)

 Ganges River Dolphin Skull Replica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Ganges River Dolphin Skull - The Ganges river dolphin is one of four to five species of fresh water cetaceans found in Asia and South America.
The Ganges, as its name would suggest, is native to the Ganges river system of India.
The Ganges dolphin has one of the strangest skulls in the animal kingdom with its reduced rostrum and large plate-like projections that surround the melon.
www.skullsunlimited.com /ganges-river-dolphin-skull.html   (139 words)

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