The Amazon is a river of extremes. In September of 2010 the Amazon River water level was nearly a half meter lower than the previously recorded low. Usually records are broken by centimeters, not by half a meter. You could have walked across the Itaya river. That’s extreme!
The high water season is always a result of glacier and snow melt in the Andes, combined with the transpiration of the warm moist air from the jungle rising up the east slope of the Andes, meeting the cooler mountain air, creating a convection, which causes a rain system to develop, and finally mixes with the runoff from the normal rainfall over the Amazon rainforest creating flooding all along the way downstream.
Whether climate change is man made or a natural cycle, it is an undeniable fact of life. Marmelita and I traveled to Huaraz Peru. We hired a car to take us 70 kilometers up to the end of a switch-back road where a small village barely exists at what used to be the edge of the Pastoruri Glacier. From that village, Marmelita had to ride horseback part way and hike the rest of the way to the edge of the glacier. We can confirm that glacier has been melting and receding from that village for years. What that means may be open to interpretation but I know for a fact the Pastoruri Glacier is getting smaller.
Amazon River Extremes
Check out other articles on this subject;
Amazon Promise; Be sure to check out Patty Webster’s Amazon Promise web site. She’s saving lives and changing lives. So can you!