Brahmaputra River

  • Brahmaputra River rises in the great chemayungdung glacier in the Kailas range of the Himalayas.
  • It flows eastward from its source region.
  • Mariam La separates the source of the Brahmaputra from the Manasarovar Lake.
  • It is one of the longest rivers in the world and passes through Tibet, India and Bangladesh.
    • Its total length is 2900 km.
  • It is known as Tsangpo (means purifier) in Tibet and Yarlung Zangbo Jiangin in the Chinese language.
  • It is one of the most remarkable navigable waterways of the world where boats sail at an altitude of about 3000 metres above sea level.
  • It emerges as a dynamic river after carving out a deep gorge near Namcha Barwa.
  • It emerges from the foothills under the name of Siong or Dihang.
  • It enters India west of Sadiya town in Arunachal Pradesh where it receives the Dibang and the Lohit.
  • From here afterwards, it is known as the Brahmaputra.
  • It has a braided channel along most of its length in Assam.
  • It is among the four largest rivers in the world in terms of volume of discharge at the mouth.
  • It looks like a delta in reverse where Dibang and Lohit rivers meet the Brahmaputra.
  • Tista, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, was a tributary of the Ganga prior to the devastating floods of 1787.
  • Majuli is the river island of the river Brahmaputra (area 1250 sq km).
    • Majuli Island is the Largest riverine island in the world.
  • National Waterways II is on the Brahmaputra river from Sadiya to Dhubri.

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