No one's life is sane. It is learning how to live with the insanity that is the trick. Sure, down South, we all have our skeletons in the closet. The difference is - we open the doors and let them dance on the front porch. After all, who doesn't have a mother who thinks she knows it all, a father who knows best, at least one irritating sibling, and that weird uncle no one wants to sit by at supper. I'm not sure what "Normal" is, but whatever it is, I know I live a bit south of it.
Thursday, September 5, 2019
XIX Meeting of the Waters
VIX - Meeting of the Waters
In doing research for the trip, the first thing I read about Manuas was the "Meeting of the Waters". This happens where the Rio Negro (which is black water) merges with the upper part of the Amazon River called Rio Solimões(which is muddy and brown.)
At the confluence and for the following 3.7 miles, the two rivers' waters run side by side without mixing. This is due to the differences in temperature, speed and water density of the two rivers. The Rio Negro flows at near 1.2 mph at a temperature of 82 °F, while the Rio Solimões flows between 2.5–3.7 mph at a temperature of 72 °F.
The result is something to see. There is a clear demarcation between the 2 rivers. Initially, the waters meet in a jagged manner.
But, soon the line is very evident.
The site from above (thanks to NASA) is even more impressive.