There has been a lot of talk on Majuli, in Assam, recently on the internet. It is being touted as the world's biggest river island and Indians are ecstatic. But what is a river island exactly? And why have we only heard about it now?
A river island is, as the term suggests, essentially an island within a river. Large river islands are formed when large rivers cut through hilly or uneven topography, leaving a large raised section of the landmass exposed. They can also be formed in places where a large amount sediment piles up higher than the water level.
It is important to remember, however, that river islands are not permanent. Rivers continue to erode them, till they are completely washed away. But while they exist, they serve as fascinating pieces of geography, often with very fertile land.
Here are some river islands in India that you must visit before they disappear.