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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - This week, how not to write about the sea of mud? Not the figurative political mud that has taken over Brazilian communications for the past year, but the truly murderous mud that destroyed the district of Bento Rodrigues and took the lives of many of its residents. The sea of mud now threatens to concrete over the riverbed of the Rio Doce, an ecological disaster of multi-secular proportions.

If the doom-saying experts are right, the destruction of the riverbed will lead, inexorably, to the destruction of traditional riverine flora and . . .

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