Our drone captures the magnificence of this majestic ecosystem from Burreton community on the Rio Eiru.
Our drone hovers over the Rio Eiru before returning back to the houseboat after a mission to map a nearby forest and igarape. Foto by Laura K Marsh
Houseboat Amazon survey boat makes the transition from white water varzea to black water igapo
A Houseboat Amazon survey boat makes the transition from white water varzea to black water igapo near the community of Santa Lucia. Igapo or "black water" is the term for continuously inundated flooded forest. Varzea or "white water" is the term for seasonally flooded forest generally created when rivers are very full and the land is very flat. In high water it creates a connection often to the black water flooded forests. The color of the water has to do with the types of trees present and the length of time the forest has been flooded. The longer the water stands, the cleaner and darker the water becomes. The most famous Aguas Encontras region in Brazil is in Manaus where the Rio Negro meets the Solimoes. To be even more confusing, Igarape is the name for streams that flow through the forest and often, when we are lucky are deep and wide enough for our boats to take short cuts between rivers. Some igarapes are so big that people live along them. And some igarapes connect igapo and varzea! Got it? Foto by Juan Pablo Bueno