Remember last week’s blog about curiosity? Well, here’s my latest quest.
I was watching some mindless TV a couple of nights ago before going to bed. It was after midnight so I’m not even sure what the show was, but it was showing an area that I couldn’t believe was real because it looked so….surreal.
But real it is. It’s a national park in northeastern Brazil called Lençóis Maranhenses. At first glance, it looks like an amazing desert of stark-white sand.
But it is a layer of sweeping dunes that lie atop a solid layer of rock. It falls just outside the Amazon Basin, so when the rainy season comes, fresh water collects in the valleys of the sand dunes. It can’t sink in because of the layer of rock beneath the sand, so it forms these gorgeous blue pools or lagoons. The lagoons get large enough to hook up with rivers in the area and here come fish. When the rainy season ends and the water starts drying up, the fish (the ones not caught and eaten) swim back to the rivers.
It’s an amazing landscape, and I think it’s cool that Brazil has protected it as a national park. Apparently some people do live in the areas outside the dunes, mostly fisherman who work during the rainy season. The dunes area isn’t accessible except by 4WD.
So I made PDFs of some pages for my curiosity files and, who knows, it might show up in a book someday. It might make a nice spot to bury a bad vampire. In the meantime, it was a delightful place to learn about and I like knowing there’s such a starkly beautiful place in the world.
Would you like to visit? I’d love to see it, although I can’t imagine surviving more than a minute in the heat—LOL. Leave a comment on Lençóis Maranhenses—or share your latest Google search—to be entered for a TBR that I can pretty much guarantee will not be set there.