The River Vanishes

While Colombia drowns, the Amazon is drying.

National Geographic has a slideshow on the Rio Negro, a major tributary of the Amazon, which has …

dropped to a depth of about 46 feet (14 meters)—the lowest point since record-keeping began in 1902.

About 60,000 people in the Amazon have gone hungry as falling river levels paralyzed transport and fishing. Millions of dead fish have also contaminated rivers, leading to a shortage of clean drinking water.

“Alarming” Amazon Drought—River Hits New Low

More on Colombia: Colombia Drowning | Notes from The Pondonome

More on the drought: Record Drought in the Amazon | Notes from The Pondonome

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