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Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland, is drying up, warns study

The Pantanal, the largest freshwater wetland in the world whose territory is divided between Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia, is drying up due to soil degradation and had 2021 the driest year in four decades, according to a study released today.

Carried out by the Mapbiomas initiative, the researchers warned that last year, the wet area of the biome did not exceed 1.6 million hectares, which represents 76 percent less than the 6.7 million hectares it had in 1985 when the studies began.

In addition, Mapbiomas warned that the Pantanal is shrinking even during periods of water level rise . . .

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