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Brazil hiking trail turns underwater paradise after heavy rains

2018-03-02 22:02
This normally dry hiking trail in Brazil turned into an underwater safari after days of heavy rain.      The trail runs through the Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata reserve in southwest Brazil.    The reserve is part of a farm that caters to ecotourists.   This bridge was completely underwater for few days last month.    This happens when it rains over 6 inches at once.   The trail was flooded twice in February. However it disappeared in less than 2 days in both cases.   The karstic region has a high concentration of calcium carbonates and minerals, which makes the water crystal clear.   This water is particularly clear because the entire water basin is protected by the preserve.   Credit: AP