Friday, 10 September 2010

Confluence point - 14ºS 65ºW

On our way back from San Ramón to Trinidad we – a international and multidisciplinary team of young researchers from the University of Bern (Switzerland) – had the chance to reach one of the many unexplored confluence points within Bolivia.

With this we marked the first confluence point in the Llanos de Moxos, which contains the department of Beni. This is the region where we work reconstructing the landscape evolution. The Llanos de Moxos constitute the southwestern part of the Amazon Basin. The climate is characterized by two marked seasons: the rainy season from October to April, when precipitations can reach 500 mm per month, and the dry season with monthly precipitation of <50

From the main road we entered the Estancia “Curisal”. After getting the permission from the farm manager (“encargado”) we drove a few kilometers throughout the green ocean of “pampa”, only interrupted by some “Totaí” palms. Eventually, we reached the confluence point with our Tractor-like Land Cruiser (Model 2000; 4500cc). This confluence is maybe one of the easiest to reach – at least during the dry season.

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