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  • Writer's pictureLuis A Mazariegos

Apr 2011 - Climate Change Wrecks Havoc @ MPNR

During April 2011 and the whole year, we had torrential rains at the Mesenia-Paramillo nature reserve. We certainly have a good amount of rain every year with over 100 inches, but storms deposited over 5 inches of rain in 20 to 30 minute spans giving rise to landslides that affected the forests on steep terrain. One could see the scars specially near Cerro Paramillo (photo below).

Some of the landslides affected both the San Juan Antioquia and "La Horqueta" rivers causing mudslides and river risings that transformed the landscape. Within a two week span there were three river rises that forced us to build a 120 foot contention wall below the cabin to prevent further damage.

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