Flowing some 2,600 kilometers from its source on the Gangotri Glacier to its delta in the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges River is both revered and reviled. An estimated 400 million people depend on its waters, and over 1 billion Hindus consider it sacred. But, the river is threatened: climate change, over‐population, pollution, and development have made it one of the most polluted and threatened rivers in the world.
In September and October, 2013, Jake Norton, Pete McBride, and David Morton will begin an epic journey to tell the story of the Ganges. They’ll begin on an unclimbed peak at the headwaters of the River, and then follow its course from the high Himalaya to the Sundarban Delta. The team will gather water samples from key areas along the full course of the Ganges – from its pristine beginnings as snow at 7000 meters to its heavily loved and used water downstream – for post‐expedition study and analysis.
Along the way, they’ll tell the river’s story through the eyes of those who love it and hate it, protect it and pollute it, revere it and revile it. All will be documented on film, in still imagery, and written word.
Throughout, Jake, Pete, and David will also be blogging, updating social media, and sharing the story of the Ganges from source to sea.
Please stay tuned to The MountainWorld Blog, and the social media channels and blogs of our sponsors and partners for updates from the field. Or, see specific posts from the GangaS2S Expedition below:
Kunyan Singh, age 80, has lived in nearly all his life, and has worked as a since he was a young boy. A small but village, Devprayag marks the spot where the and join, forming the mighty. Making clothes, Singh says, is not easy work, and his swollen, twisted fingers are testament to that. But, it’s all he’s ever known. And, as my 12 year old student translator tells me, he’s living – and may soon be dying – at the sacred confluence, at the start of Ma, so that makes all the challenges of life ok. He bathes each day in the river, and one day he’ll die on her shores, attaining, or release, from, the cycle of death and rebirth. With a big smile and the ubiquitous head bob, he whirrs his sewing machine back to life and continues work.
are not uncommon on the, and they have a long tradition emperors constructed diversions 500 years ago along the Ganges and, and the built the first on the Ganges at in 1854 (called) to feed the Upper Ganges Canal.
In this photo, fishermen ply their trade near the Ganges Barrage at. Further downstream, near the border with, the River’s most controversial barrage – was completed in 1974, and has been a major bone of contention between the two countries ever since.
The new government of Narendra has pledged to protect and restore Ma, but new barrage proposals call this pledge into question. Specifically, one proposal calls for building new barrages every 100km from to Ganga Sagar on the at the Bay of Bengal. While this might be an economic boon, allowing for consistent shipping along the majority of the great river, it would come at great cost, forever altering the flow of the river and putting greater pressure on the already critically endangered Ganges River (AKA the) and the, a critical commercial fish which spawns up river @dailylifeindia @davidcmorton @pedromcbride @eddiebauer
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