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The Ganges
Cumming, David, 1953-
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Publication Information:
Milwaukee, WI : World Almanac Library, [2003]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm.
The course of the Ganges -- The Ganges in history -- Cities along the Ganges -- Farming, trade, and industry -- Animals and plants -- Environmental issues -- Bathing and praying -- The future.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.2 1.0 69351.

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DS485.G25 C85 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The Ganges is India's most famous river. From its source high in the Himalaya Mountains to its main mouth in Bangladesh, it flows through one of the world's most crowded regions. To Hindus everywhere, the Ganges is a holy river, and it has been closely associated with India's long history. The river also helps support millions of people -- from farmers to fishermen to traders -- and many industries have grown up along its banks. The Ganges is home to an amazing variety of animals and plants, including the rare Ganges River dolphin and the Royal Bengal tiger. Today, it makes news with its dramatic floods and pollution problems. Book jacket.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Six of the world's important rivers are discussed in these series entries. Each book begins with a large, clear map that shows the river's geographical and political context while the text discusses its dimensions, and the historical, economic, and environmental impact on its respective regions. The narratives are driven by the natural flow of the events and geography described and include a brief discussion of major cities along the river's course. Good-quality full-color photographs and reproductions, all adequately captioned, are found throughout. There are occasional lapses. Sensational facts are mentioned for no other discernible reason than to titillate readers. It hardly helps readers' understanding of The Nile to learn that in 1898 a fanatical Sudanese religious leader's warriors hacked a British army officer to death. Obviously written before the great flood of 1993, Morgan's text states that, ``Today, the risk of serious flooding on the Mississippi is not great.'' Still, for the most part, the titles are clear and conversational in tone and are free of cultural bias while conveying a good deal of useful information.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 4
1 The Course of the Gangesp. 6
2 The Ganges in Historyp. 12
3 Cities along the Gangesp. 18
4 Farming, Trade, and Industryp. 24
5 Animals and Plantsp. 30
6 Environmental Issuesp. 36
7 Bathing and Prayingp. 42
8 The Futurep. 44
Glossaryp. 46
Time Linep. 47
Further Informationp. 47
Indexp. 48