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September 24, 1995 | Alan Weisman, Alan Weisman is a contributing editor to the magazine who lives in Sonoita, Ariz. His last article was on harnessing hydrogen as a fuel
Two degrees above the Equator, in a sultry, lowland province of eastern Colombia, runoff from the Andes begins to drain away from the Caribbean and flow south toward Brazil. This place, called the Guaviare, is the upper reach of Amazonia, where coastal savannas disappear beneath unbroken forest, rain falls for 10 straight months and biological fervor builds to near-delirium. About the size of Belgium, the Guaviare has no paved roads, or barely any roads at all.
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