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Illegal sand mining from the river bed

Excessive instream sand-and-gravel mining causes the degradation of rivers. Instream mining lowers the stream bottom, which may lead to bank erosion. Depletion of sand in the streambed and along coastal areas causes the deepening of rivers and estuaries, and the enlargement of river mouths and coastal inlets.

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Date Taken: 11.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: India
Camera: Lenovo A7020a48
Copyright: © Sirsendu Gayen