Mapping the River Ganga, India's Iconic Water Machine

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August 27, 2017

The River Ganga: India’s Iconic Water Machine

The mythological, cultural and agricultural significance of the River Ganga has long captured the country’s imagination, but few realize it is also one of the most hyper-engineered landscapes of the world. Over the past 150 years, the ancient river has been transformed into India’s iconic water machine. This transformation is more than just a cartographic concern, it merits greater scrutiny.