Deltas of the World
The Ebro Delta lies to the south of Barcelona. Its beaches and lagoons are a unique refuge for migratory and native bird species. The delta is known, for example, for its numerous pink flamingos that nest near the white-glistening salt pans.
In the heart of Europe lies a unique natural habitat and a landscape characterized by water: the Rhine-Meuse Delta. About a third of the Netherlands lies below sea level right in the heart of Europe, with 3,500 polders as buffer zones for excess water and several cities that are traversed by canals.
The Irrawaddy Delta in southern Myanmar is home to the most diverse mangrove forests in the world. It’s widely branching tributaries not only provide schools of fish and rich nutrients but also function as the most important transport route for the people living in the delta.
Starting in the untouched Tumucumaque rainforest in the north of the Amazon Delta, the journey continues south by boat down the 30-kilometer-wide river to the Ilha de Marajó. The largest river island on earth.
There are very few regions that appear as untouched as the Yukon Delta in eastern Alaska. This fascinating and pristine landscape consists of a maze of swamps and streams that one could easily picture as the cradle of humanity.
Alix François Meier
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