Does The World Biggest Mangrove Forest of Bangladesh Sundarban Deserves to Be Placed Among New 7 Wonders of Nature?
Sundarbans is among the foremost of the forested areas in the world. The Sundarbans is a world heritage site since 1997 as declared by UNESCO. Sundarbans is the home for the largest number of wild tigers in the world.
Sundarban forests is crucial to Bangladesh because of the manifold services provided, and now people of Bangladesh wish to see it on the list of seven natural wonders. Due to its unique features and attractions it deserves to be placed among new 7 wonders of nature.
Read the facts about his awesome forest and if convinced vote for it!
The name Sundarban can be literally translated as "beautiful jungle" or "beautiful forest" in the Bengali language (Sundar, "beautiful" and ban, "forest" or "jungle"). The name may have been derived from the Sundari trees that are found in Sundarbans in large numbers.
Sundarban is the home to many different species of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and fishes. Over 120 species of fish and over 260 species of birds. It's beauty lies in its unique natural surrounding. Thousands of meandering streams, creeks, rivers and estuaries have enhanced its charm. Sundarbans meaning beautiful forest is the natural habitat of the world famous Royal Bengal Tiger, spotted deer, crocodiles, jungle fowl, wild boar, lizards, theses monkey and an innumerable variety of beautiful birds. Migratory flock of Siberian ducks flying over thousands of sail boats loaded with timber, golpatta (round-leaf), fuel wood, honey, shell and fish further add to the serene natural beauty of the Sundarbans.
This is indeed a land for the sportsmen, the anglers and the photographers with its abundance of game, big and small, crocodile, wild boar, deer, pythons, wild-birds and above all the Royal Bengal Tiger, cunning, ruthless and yet majestic and graceful, For the less adventurously inclined, there are ducks and snipes,
The Sundarbans delta, at the mouth of the Ganges river, is the largest mangrove forest in the world, spreading across parts of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India.
The Sundarbans features a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests. The area is known for its wide range of fauna, with the Royal Bengal tiger being the most famous, but also including many birds, spotted deer, crocodiles and snakes.
Sundarbans covers an area of 6200 sq. kms in Bangladesh and 4262 sq. kms in India. The Sundarbans forest is home to more than 700 tigers. The Royal Bengal Tigers have adapted themselves very well to the saline and aqua environs and are extremely good swimmers. As you enter the adventurous wild land of the Sundarbans, you will be thrilled to see the Spotted Deer, Rhesus Monkey and wild boar and crocodiles. There are about 150,000 deer in this forest, 50,000 monkeys, 25,000 wild boars and 500 crocodiles. The aquatic fauna of Sundarbans include variety of fishes, red Fiddler Crabs and Hermit Crabs. One will be amazed to see the Ridley Sea Turtle. There is an incredible variety of reptiles also found in Sundarbans, which includes King Cobra, Rock Python and Water Monitor.
The Sundarbans are rich in floral diversity with more than 334 species of plants, 65 algae and 13 species of orchids. The mangrove forest signifies special ecological effect due to tidal ingress of sea undeterred by upstream flow and plan community manifest peculiar adaptation like pneumatophores (breathing roots), still roots etc.
At present, the Sundarbans provide livelihood support to more than two millions people of Bangladesh and India. Since ancient period this forest saving millions coastal people life from the tropical cyclone as natural barrier in protecting thousands of lives during cyclonic storm of the Bay of Bengal. In November 2007 and May 2009, the Sundarbans reduced vulnerability of cyclonic affects of Sidr and Aila.
* Read more about this awesome place at: Sundarban - World's Largest Mangrove Forest
Bangladesh’s probable position in the list of seven wonders has a bearing on the economic development, prosperity and foreign direct investment. Therefore, a public-private initiative is a must to increase votes in the 7 wonders race.
The final verdict to announce the world’s seven wonders would be given on November 11, 2011 in Switzerland.
* Official site to chose new 7 Wonders of the Nature and vote for Sundarban.
You can vote for it at: http://www.n7w.com