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By Anita Kirpalani, Contributing Reporter

AMAZONAS, BRAZIL – On October 24th, the Rio Negro (Black River), one of the tributaries of the Amazon River, dropped to its lowest recorded level since the first measurements in 1902. Following a severe drought, the river reached 13.63 meters in Manaus, the capital of the state of Amazonas, and broke the previous record of 1962.

A month before that, the Solimões River, another of the Amazon River’s tributaries, and the Amazon River itself had . . .

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