From Porto Jofre, Poconé and Cáceres, in Mato Grosso| The Pantanal is a biome that originated from a river, the Paraguay. Therefore, if there is something wrong with the river, the whole biome breaks down. The situation of this waterway in Cáceres, 220 km from the capital of Mato Grosso, is showing signs of an emergency. On the Marechal Rondon bridge, the scene is catastrophic for the largest wetland in the world, of about 195.7 km2, part of one of the largest hydrological systems, the Paraná/Paraguay Basin. With irregular rainfall for three years, researchers warn about what could happen if nothing is done.
The bridge's support beams can be seen for the first time since its construction in 1965. There, the small aluminum boat barely navigates between numerous sandbanks. For most of its length, the once gigantic Paraguay does not cover the knees of those trying to cross it. A dust storm — something increasingly common in the region — silences a group barbecuing in the middle of the river. As if mocking the taming of the waters, the men quickly return to the barbecue as soon as the wind disappears.
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