Seasonal Flooding of the Amazon

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When it’s predictable and wildlife is properly tailored, pure flooding can create a organic bonanza. Within the Amazon River Basin, which holds one-fifth of the world’s contemporary water, annual rains can increase water ranges 30 to 40 toes in simply days. Forests flip into huge lakes, dotted with timber, whereas an enormous push of sediment erects new islands virtually in a single day. It’s a lush world that’s dwelling to among the world’s most iconic birds, together with toucans, macaws, kingfishers, tiger-herons, and this Russet-backed Oropendola.

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When the Amazon Floods

Written by Bob Sundstrom

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[Russet-backed Oropendola song http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/60723, 0.13-.18]
To us people, flooding can usually look like an unmitigated disaster. In the suitable circumstances, although, when it’s predictable and wildlife is properly tailored, flooding can create a organic bonanza.
Within the Amazon River Basin, annual heavy rains can increase water ranges 30 to 40 toes in simply days. The basin is nearly flat, sloping only one inch per mile over its eastward stream to the Atlantic, a journey of some 2,000 miles. So when the rain arrives, forests flood, and an enormous push of sediment erects new islands virtually in a single day.
It’s a lush world that scientists and nature vacationers discover by boat, the place among the world’s most iconic birds discover fruit within the timber or perch on the water’s edge.  [Chestnut-fronted Macaw call, http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/68380, 0.06-.08] Toucans and macaws, tiny pygmy kingfishers, tiger-herons, and big Ringed Kingfishers. [Ringed Kingfisher call, http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/211555, 0.10-.12]  Oropendolas [Pronunciation: or-oh-PEN-duh-luhz] sing a startling chorus.
        [Russet-backed Oropendola song http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/60723, 0.13-.18]
These birds are a part of the richest array of life on earth, a unprecedented mosaic of habitats, all intricately linked. And all depending on the river system that holds 1/5 of all of the world’s contemporary water.
        [Russet-backed Oropendola song http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/60723, 0.13-.18]

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Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. 60723 and 68380 recorded by Paul A Schwartz. 211555 recorded by Gregory F Budney.
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© 2016 Tune In to Nature.org   October 2016/2020 / June 2022   Narrator: Mary McCann

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