Beautiful River Deltas Photographed from above Appear like the Blood Vessels of Earth

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Beautiful river deltas flow across our planet, largely going unnoticed both for the incredibly complexity and the benefits they have for over 500 million people around the world. They play the important role of distributing sediment from rivers to the shorelines.

It is estimated that 1 out of 15 of the world's population lives and works on one of 40 major deltas across the globe. When viewed from space their true scale is revealed and they appear like the major arteries and blood vessels of earth.

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Bijagos archipelago, West Africa

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The Gulf of Papua, Papua New Guinea

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The Lena Delta, Russia

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The delta in Ganges River, Bangladesh

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Mississippi Delta in Louisiana, United States

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Shanghai, China

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Khatanga River delta in Siberia, Russia

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Bombetoka Bay, Madagascar

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Betsiboka estuary in Madagascar

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The delta in Ganges River, Bangladesh

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Cairo, Egypt

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Lena delta in Russia - false colouring highlights the varying landscape.

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The Volga Delta, Russia

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The Yukon river delta, Alaska

Photographs by barcroftmedia

via DailyMail