Journey to the wettest place on Earth
• Journey to the wettest place on Earth
State of Meghalaya, India. In the mountains of East Khasi Mosinrem town is known as the rainiest place on Earth. Annual precipitation is more than 11 870 mm. People who work outdoors, often have unusual huge umbrellas that cover the entire body and made of bamboo and banana leaves. One of the most interesting and beautiful features in the region are "living bridges" from rubber trees, which, unlike conventional bridges, over time, due to the development of root systems are becoming tighter and tighter.
Photographer and traveler Amos Chapple, with whom we have already visited Turkmenistan and Iran, to fly over St. Petersburg and met with the city ropeways, spent some time in this wonderful place.
This is the most Mosinrem town in north-east India.
As usual, the rain, July 6, 2014.
The "wettest place on Earth."
This is not a boat, it's "umbrella". They are made of bamboo and banana leaves.
Due to the monsoon rains coming until October, they are frequent rockfalls. Serious repairs are not possible in this weather, but people clean the road as far as possible. Get these workers $ 2.60 a day.
It is they, the famous "living bridges".
The thin roots of the trees, which the locals to tie knots to strengthen the "living bridges".
mass Sunday in the Catholic Church. Parishioners are in the pouring rain.
The clouds at the edge of town.
Entry into Mosinrem town. Once again, heavy rain.
Annual rainfall here more than 11 870 mm. For comparison, the annual rainfall in Moscow is 691 mm.
"We can not think about it. There is always rain, "- says the supplier of meat on the local market.
Goats rescued from the rain at the bus stop.
In this valley "living bridges" have been used for centuries.
In addition to "living bridge" here and there "live ladder".
The bridge consists of a bamboo frame, which tied the roots of rubber trees. 6-8 years bamboo rots and remains a "living bridge" from the roots, which are already able to withstand the weight of a person. Over time, such a structure is only strengthened.
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