Stone-Age Etchings Found in the Amazon

“A series of ancient underwater etchings has been uncovered near the jungle city of Manaus, following a drought in the Brazilian Amazon. The previously submerged images – engraved on rocks and possibly up to 7,000 years old – were reportedly discovered by a fisherman after the Rio Negro, a tributary of the Amazon river, fell to its lowest level in more than 100 years last month. Tens of thousands of forest dwellers were left stranded after rivers in the region faded into desert-like sandbanks.

Though water levels are now rising again, partly covering the apparently stone age etchings, local researchers photographed them before they began to disappear under the river’s dark waters. Archaeologists who have studied the photographs believe the art – which features images of faces and snakes – is another indication that thousands of years ago the Amazon was already home to large civilisations.” – The Guardian (more here)

Foz de Iguaçu temporarily dries up

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(normal vs current)

“CURITIBA – The prolonged drought in the interior of the state of Paraná already affected one of the most well-known postal cards around. On Tuesday, the water volume at the Iguaçu waterfalls, in the western region of the state, was five times less than normal. During normal days, the water volume can be registered at 1,500 cubic meters per second, which is a much larger output than this Tuesday’s measurements of 310 cubic meters per second.”

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(O Globo loves to provide better pictures as thumbnails only)

One commentor on the article states that this drying up is perfectly normal as Southern Brazil enters it’s Winter season. Then she states “the sky (currently) is blue”.