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A hand-drawn road map shows the swampy path through the flooded pastures of Brazil’s Pantanal during the wet season.

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A flooded cornfield, typical habitat for amphibian breeding in vernal pools in Kansas.

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A man and woman go flyfishing out in the vacente, or flooded cow pasture in Brazil’s Pantanal. The pasture now contains fish and stringrays, but will go bone dry by July.

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All’s wet during the ‘full’ season in the Brazilian Pantanal, an array of seasonally flooded lowlands which makes for ideal habitat for a rich array of biodiversity.

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All’s wet during the ‘full’ season in the Brazilian Pantanal, an array of seasonally flooded lowlands which makes for ideal habitat for a rich array of biodiversity.

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A group of men take a swim in a flooded pasture in Brazil. This area now contains fish and stingrays, but will become dry by the summer.

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Vernal pools like this one in California’s central valley are home to a number of unique species that have carved their niche in these seasonally flooded areas. Development and pollution from agricultural run off threaten the vernal pool habitat.

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An anaconda kills a great egret in a flooded field in the Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s largest freshwater marsh.

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