The Amazon in Brazil

Alex Robinson, Amazon is a region of great geographical diversity. In the north, along the border with Venezuela, are the forests and savannahs of the Guiana Shield: the ancient heart of the South American continent, covered in a forest that grows like a giant filigree over white sand and recycles 99.9% of its water and nutrients. Giant boulders the size of mountains break intermittently through the canopy.

In the east lie the expansive Amazon savannahs, which stretch across Roraima and southern Venezuela into the Rupununi of Guyana. The world's largest table-top mountains tower over them, their brows heavy with perpetual thunder cloud. South of here, the Amazon pours out into the ocean leaving an island of silt the size of Denmark in its wake and turning the Atlantic fresh for 100 miles offshore. The forest gets thicker and more vibrant and the mud on which it grows is as red and sticky as blood.

In the far west, the forest is gentler and more fertile; filled with life around the magical Rio Javarí, where the trees seem permanently full of parrots, macaws and monkeys and where grey and pink dolphins surface from the deep, languid brown river. To the south, the trees are broken by the squares of giant fields, which cut into the green with greedy geometric order, and the Amazon exists as mere segments.

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