JOYDEB DAS AND AMAL NAYEK
The tourists of Sunderbans including researchers are always interested to know more about the unknown fact with regard to the people of these amazing forests tiger land of Sunderbans, their daily struggle of survival their cultural heritage and also about the forests and wild life in particular.
But, hardly have they found all the information available to their satisfaction and need. Obviously, at the end of their journey over Sundarbans the tourists or the researchers get disappointed .
On the other hand, its true that the numerous and vast islands of Sundarbans located at the remotest corners of Sundarban delta hold certain historical, ecological and anthropological background which are still untold or even unexplored .
Hence, it is also equally essential to bring about all these hidden treasure of information attached to this unique “World Heritage Site” to the knowledge of all concerned, tourists and foreigners as well.
A continual & detailed search over a period of last 18 years conducted through the Indians and Bangladesh part of Sundarbans on the various aspects/issues could reveal probably a part of such untold and unexplored treasure of information.
We have tried our best to provide a fair idea to the tourists, foreigners and researchers about the most fascinating subject matters of different aspects of sundarbans concerning history, people, life, wild life and Mangrove –brackish water-marine ecology of Sundarbans through informative as well as vivid pictorial presentation.
Uniqueness of Sundarbans
World’s largest Delta – World’s largest Mangrove Forests – Highly Productive Ecosystem – Natural Fish Nursery – Highest population of Tiger in the World – Recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO, 1987 .
- Sunderban is an unique and extremely beautiful landscape with innumerable rivers and creeks crisscrossing the vast forest areas into many chunks of forests smaller to larger in sizes. Thus the area is approachable only on board a launch or boat to see the Mangrove forests. Moreover, the wild life can be seen only when they are in the open mud-flats .
- The mud-flats are exposed according to the unique tidal rhythm i,e every 6 hours the entire Sundarban forest is inundated by the high tide. Thereafter, the saline water recedes and the mud-flats and forests are exposed.
- The land actually developed through the process of sedimentation, subsidence and down-wrapping of sediments. On the other hand the tidal estuaries deposit vast amount of nutrient- rich silt in the Delta region. Occasional thunder storm, cyclones – northwesters, storm surges and raising salinity levels of occur during post – monsoon season. Semi-diurnal type tidal inundation regulates the hydrology of the forests.