Majuli, largest river island - Guinness World Records

Q.  Which Indian state is home to the largest river island in the world, as per the Guinness Book of World Record?
- Published on 06 Sep 16

a. Assam
b. Manipur
c. Mizoram
d. Meghalaya

ANSWER: Assam
 
Majuli, largest river island  - Guinness World RecordsThe Guinness World Records on September 1, 2016 declared the Majuli river island in Assam as the largest in the world.
  • The island is located in the Brahmaputra
  • As per the Guinness World Record, the island lost one third of its area in the past 30 to 40 years on account of frequent flooding of the river.
  • Majuli has a total area of 1250 square kilometres at the beginning of the 20th century
  • It has lost significantly to erosion
  • It has an area of only 352 square kilometres in 2014
  • Island is formed by River Brahmaputra in the south and Kherkutia Muti, a branch of the Brahmaputra joined by Subansiri River in the north
  • Island is accessible by ferries from the city of Jorhat
  • It was formed due to course changes by the river Brahmaputra and its tributaries mainly the Lohit
  • It was also the abode of Assamese neo Vaisnavite culture

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