Heart of Glass

The northeast of Bangladesh is under water for half of the year. These are the "Haor" areas - large wetlands that flood when the monsoon arrives. For half the year the extremely fertile soil is farmed for rice, and for the other half these vast lakes are fished by the farmers. Communities in the Haors become isolated islands in the wet season, and boats offer one of the only forms of transport.

 

But the beauty of the Haor areas comes with many troubles. The process of flooding is anything but smooth in the early parts of the year, with damage to crops and housing. Increasing reliance on the seasonal fisheries has also led to decreasing stocks in recent years.

 

Despite all the problems, however, it's hard not to marvel at the serene beauty of the glass-like wetlands.

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Taken on August 4, 2012