Purus varzea

WWF Abstract

Várzea means "flooded forests" in Portuguese, a fitting name for this low-lying, seasonally inundated region of the central Amazon. The Purus Várzea ecoregion includes much of the Juruá, central Purus, and Japura/Caquetá Rivers, along with their tributaries. The confluence of the Japura and Solimões Rivers, about 370 miles (596 km) west of Manaus, marks the eastern edge of this ecoregion. River levels fluctuate as much as 20 to 40 feet (6-12 m), swelling with rainfall that averages 100 inches (2,540 mm) per year. The flooding is caused by rainwater pooling in the river basins, which fail to drain quickly because the slope of the land is not steep enough. Most of the water that does drain off is eventually forced downstream by its sheer volume.
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Ecozone:Neotropic
Biome:Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Countries:Brazil
Area:43,839,999 acres (17,741,418 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve State Sustainable Development Reserve
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER