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The hidden landscapes of Brazil’s Pantanal

Researchers have stumbled across a huge undiscovered lake, hidden under plants in the Rio Negro floodplain, in the heart of the Pantanal biome

pantanal scenery
Photo: Eder Renato Merino

For years, geologists and geographers from Brazil and abroad have been studying the landscapes that shape the floodplain of the Rio Negro, in the southern portion of the Pantanal. Even after all this time, the experts were unaware that under a huge carpet of aquatic plants, there was a huge hidden lake.

In a paper published in October in the scientific journal Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, researchers from São Paulo universities described the discovery of a lake that occupies an area equivalent to a little over two-thirds of the city of São Paulo. “It was almost impossible to...

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