This revised, updated and enlarged version covers all the facets of the geography of Bangladesh. It provides more details on the physiography, hydrography, climate, soil conditions and land utilization, agriculture, natural resources and industries, trade and commerce, history and economic development aspects than any other book on this country and region. It also includes a new chapter on Environmental Issues. This book is essential, both for serious students of this subject - as a textbook there is perhaps no comparable publication - and for those who wish to acquaint themselves with the diverse and fascinating character of flora and fauna of the region. Many who are not familiar with the Bengali language, will find that the author has provided them with the English transliteration of the local names of most products so that they may use it as a reference book.
Haroun Er Rashid, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) of the U.K., was educated at Karachi Grammar School, Aitchison Chiefs College and Government College in Lahore, Pakistan. He took his Tripos (B.A Honours) and M.A. in Geography from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, U.K. in 1957 and later did another M.A., in Development Economics, from Williams College (Mass) U.S.A. After a brief period as a Lecturer at Dacca University, he was selected to join the elite administrative group - the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1959. At the district level, he worked in Mymensingh, Cox's Bazar, and Sylhet at the Secretariat he was with the Planning Department. During his tenure in the districts he prepared and published his first